Lord Lecture To Explore “How Quantum Mechanics Can Help Solve the World’s Energy Problems”


Oct. 10, 2013 – Emily Ann Carter, founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, will present the 22nd annual Lord Lecture at Allegheny College at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in Ford Chapel on the Allegheny campus. The talk, which is open to the public, will take as its topic “How Quantum Mechanics Can Help Solve the World’s Energy Problems.”

Supported through an endowed fund established by Erie’s Thomas Lord Charitable Trust, the Lord Lecture has been bringing the nation’s most distinguished chemists and practitioners of related disciplines to Allegheny College annually since 1991. The fund is closely linked to Lord Corporation, a major manufacturer of adhesives, rubber chemicals and other products.

Carter is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment at Princeton, as well as a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics.

Her research focuses on enabling discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy, including converting sunlight to electricity and fuels, providing clean electricity from solid oxide fuel cells, clean and efficient combustion of biofuels, optimizing lightweight metal alloys for fuel-efficient vehicles, and characterizing hydrogen isotope incorporation into plasma facing components of fusion reactors.

Carter received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and her doctorate in chemistry from Caltech. She has authored more than 275 publications and serves on numerous international advisory boards spanning a range of disciplines.