Lecture and Reception for new ECS Honorary Member Adam Heller

Adam Heller honored at the 228th ECS meetingIn honor of his recent induction as the 78th Honorary Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS), the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is hosting a special lecture by Research Professor Adam Heller.

Honorary Membership is one of the oldest Society awards, and is granted for outstanding contributions to ECS. Of the only 20 living ECS Honorary Members, Heller is now the fourth UT Austin electrochemist on the list, joining Larry Faulkner (2003), Allen Bard (2013), and John Goodenough (2013).

Dr. Heller will present his talk “Wealth, Global Warming and Geoengineering,” which he previously delivered as a plenary lecture at the 228th ECS Meeting in Phoenix last October. The event is open-invitation and seats will be available on first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. The event will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm in CPE 2.218.

ABSTRACT:
The press has done well in telling the public that CO2 emissions and global warming are associated. Many political leaders are committed to reducing CO2 emissions to mitigate global warming through policies and subsidies encouraging energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. What neither the press nor the political leaders publicize is that the underlying cause of the rapid rise in CO2 emissions is the increase of global energy consumption with global wealth, i.e. with the product of the per capita GDP and the world’s population. Global wealth has increased in the past century about 250-fold and its growth is accelerating. A major part of the world’s population has emerged in the recent past from poverty and the world’s fraction of poor people continues to shrink.

About Adam Heller:
Adam Heller’s work in electrochemical engineering has touched the lives of people across the globe. As the inventor of the painless diabetes blood monitor, his developments in healthcare have had enormous societal and economic impact. Heller’s work spans a range of technologies, touching areas related to batteries and energy.