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Cornell's Frank DiSalvo to Speak at Clarkson University About New Materials for Energy Storage and Role of Research for a Sustainable Future

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at Clarkson University has announced that Cornell University's Frank DiSalvo, director of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science, will speak next week about two topics related to sustainability.

 Cornell University's Frank DiSalvo, director of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and John A. Newman Professor of Physical ScienceHe will first describe how research can play a part in getting to a sustainable future and the role of universities in that endeavor. He will then present some of his own research, carried out in collaboration with many others, to invent new materials that may lead to more efficient energy  transformations and to more affordable electrical energy storage.

DiSalvo will speak on Friday, September 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Clarkson’s Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213. Refreshments will precede the lecture at 3 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public

The New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

The main goal of DiSalvo's research has been the synthesis of solid state materials and the understanding of chemical and physical phenomena in such solids. Phenomena of interest have included materials to enable fuel cell and battery technologies. In conjunction with many talented collaborators, he has published more than 500 scientific articles and holds or has pending 12 patents. Further information can be found at

DiSalvo received his B.S. in physics from MIT in 1966 and his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University in 1971. He began his career as a member of the scientific staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, N.J., where he later headed several research departments.

In 1986, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University, where he is engaged in teaching and research. In 1991, DiSalvo was awarded the American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.

In 1996, DiSalvo became the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science at Cornell University. From 2000 to 2005 he served as director of the Cornell Center for Materials Research, a National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).

In 2003, together with Prof. H. Abruña, DiSalvo established the Cornell Fuel Cell Institute, a Department of Energy (DOE)-supported center. In 2009, this center evolved into the larger DOE-supported Energy Materials Center at Cornell. In 2007, he was appointed first director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

DiSalvo has served on many panels for government agencies, most recently as a member of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee at DOE and of the Advisory Committee in the Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences at NSF.

Read more about the in the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at .

For more information, please contact Distinguished Research Professor in Engineering Liya Regel, New Horizons in Engineering founder and chair, at .

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