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Master's degree program Advanced Functional Materials:

Challenges in Future Energy Concepts - Energy Conversion

211000-D803 WCH-12
Prof. Dr. Alexander Auer
M_Ch, M_AM (wo)

This Semester, the module "Challenges for future energy concepts-Chemical energy conversion" will be offered again by Prof. A. Auer from the chair of computational quantum chemistry TU Chemnitz and the MPI für Kohlenforschung.

The module "Challenges for future energy concepts - Chemical energy conversion" will be a two-part course.

If you want to participate, please send me an email to Prof. Auer: alexander.auer@...before May, 1st 2020 if you have not already done so. I will then inform you about further details.

In the first part, we will discuss the necessity of chemical energy conversion in future energy concepts for a society, in which our energy needs are satisfied by renewable sources to a large extent.

Terms and rooms

Part 1

Date Time Room
Tue., 05 May 2020 15.30-17.00 1/208A
We., 06 May 2020 9.15-10.45 1/273
Mo., 11 May 2020 17.15-18.45 1/208A
Tue., 12 May 2020 15.30-17.00 1/208A
Wed., 13 May 2020 9.15-10.45 1/153

Note that given the current situation, it is not fully clear at this point whether the lectures halls will be open im May. Hence, I might contact the students who have signed up for a digital lectures on short notice.

The fundamental literature for the seminar that every participant should have read is the following book: "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" by D.J.C. MacKay, which is available for free (!) online : .
We will discuss the need for renewable solutions and I will also outline the challenges that come with a change in our energy economy and energy conversion systems that might be essential for sustainable solutions. The focus will be on a deeper understanding of physical/chemical processes and the required materials.
At the end of the first block of lectures you will be given a subject, that you will have to prepare a seminar talk (20 minutes) on. At the end of the semester, we will have a mini-symposium in which every student will present his/her talk on the give subject. Successfull presentation is the requirement for taking the final oral exam.

The final oral exam (also 20 minutes) will focus on your seminar talk, the introductory lectures and the book by MacKay. The final grade for the module will be the grade of the final examination, for which I will offer several timeslots at the end of the semester, during the exam period and at the beginning of the next semester.
As I am only sporadically in Chemnitz, please note that dates and slots for examination cannot easily be planned on short notice.

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