Fuel cell address and chemistry awards–TODAY!

Fuel cell address and chemistry awards–TODAY!


Editor’s note: Please excuse the tardiness of this article. Internet problems prevented its inclusion in last weeks edition.

Today, May 22, 2002, the American Chemical Society and the Rock River Times invites the public to a presentation at Rock Valley College by Dr. David Carter who will discuss role of fuel cells in supplying electrical energy for our machines in this century.

Carter will present his topic “Fuel Cells: Electric Power for the 21st Century” Rock Valley College in Rockford in the

Performing Arts Room (PAR) in the Educational Resources Center (ERC), at 7pm. Admission is free.

Dr. David Carter received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah in 1988; and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Ceramic Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1989 and1992,

respectively. In 1992, he received an appointment at Risoe National Laboratory in Roskilde, Denmark to work in their Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Program. There, he

developed the ceramic interconnect to be used in the first ½ kW SOFC stack at Risoe.

Carter joined Argonne National Laboratory in 1994, and has been working in the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Fuel Cells for Transportation programs. In the SOFC program he has developed advanced cell

technology and materials for medium temperature fuel cells that operate between 500 and 800°C. In the Fuel Cells for Transportation program, he co-developed a catalyst for autothermal fuel reforming to generate

hydrogen from gasoline for fuel cell vehicles. The catalyst was a major breakthrough for on-board reforming technology and has received much attention in the fuel cell community.

Students to receive awards.

After Carter speaks, the Rock River Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will honor 11 local high school students.

The honorees participated in the local Chemistry Olympiad Examination March 9 which resulted in 10 students earning cash prizes, and the selection of eight students to take the national qualifying exam April 20. Both exams were coordinated by Alan Hutchcroft, Ph.D., Bartels Professor of Chemistry at Rockford College, and held at Rockford College. The goal of the Chemistry Olympiad is to stimulate and encourage achievement by young people in chemistry.

Cash prizes were earned by the top scorers of the 40 area students who took the first exam, in two categories: first-year and second-year students.

Steve Koopman a Roscoe resident attending Hononegah Community High School, Rockton, won first place in the first-year chemistry student category. Other winners in the first-year category were: second place: Michael Pysson of Belvidere, Belvidere High School; third: Matthew Hall of Janesville, Wis., Parker High School; fourth: Jeffrey Pompe of Belvidere, Belvidere High School; and fifth place: Emily Jakobsen of Rockford, Auburn High School.

Laura Meyer of Hononegah, also a Roscoe resident, placed first in the second-year student category. Other winners from the second-year division: second place: Steve Erlien of Janesville, Parker High School; tied for third place: Emma Wear of Rockford, Keith School and Jennifer Hudson of Roscoe, from Hononegah; and fifth place: Jennifer Knack of Janesville, Parker High School.

Eight of the students who took the first exam were are among 1,000 pre-screened students across the country to take the national qualifying exam on Saturday, April 20.

The local exam was held at Rockford College. Belvidere High School was represented by Michael Pysson and Danielle Scherer; Laura Meyer, Steve Koopman and Jennifer Hudson represented Hononegah High School; Emma Wear represented Keith School; and Steve Erlien and Jennifer Knack represented Parker High School.

The results of the national exam determine the members of the team that will represent the United States at the 33rd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Groningen, The Netherlands July 5-14, 2002.

The national testing will identify 20 students

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across the U.S. who will undergo intensive training in June at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The top four will be chosen to represent the U.S. in the IChO competition.

The 2002 International Olympiad will involve high school chemistry students from 60 countries who compete in both theoretical and laboratory examinations over several days. This is the 18th year the U.S. has participated in the International Olympiad, which began in 1968. In 2000, the U.S. team won first place worldwide, earning two gold medals and two bronze medals.

For more information on the awards or the presentation, and the Chemistry Olympiad program, contact Professor Hutchcroft at (815) 226-4129 or via e-mail at alan_hutchcroft@rockford.edu.

The ACS was founded in 1876 and was chartered by Congress. The nonprofit scientific and educational organization is dedicated to the advancement of chemistry in the public interest. The Rock River section is one of 188 across the nation, serving the society’s 161,000 members.

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