Meeting the climate challenge: Is a low carbon energy future possible?

The University of Manchester hosted the Thermodynamics 2013 conference.

Thermodynamics 2013 Conference in Manchester

Thermodynamics – the relationship between heat and other forms of energy - is the cornerstone for many scientific and engineering disciplines including physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering and materials science. It provides the basis for the design and optimization of new sustainable industrial processes and the development of advanced materials and products. The combination of experiments, theory and simulation allows scientists and engineers to study complex systems from the molecular all the way to macroscopic level.

From September 3 – 6, 2013, the University of Manchester hosted the Thermodynamics 2013 conference. The Chair of the Organizing Committee (A J Masters) and the local organizing committee (Flor Siperstein, Carlos Avendano and Leo Lue) are either current or recent members of the School of CEAS.

An important theme of the conference was that of energy and the control of greenhouse gases, both capture and storage. In all these cases accurate thermodynamic models are needed to make accurate predictions about, for example, the ultimate fate of stored carbon dioxide in geological structures. This developmental work is a key aspect of modern thermodynamics. In line with this theme, the conference included the public event “Meeting the climate challenge: Is a low carbon energy future possible?”, jointly organized with the Manchester City Council. This attracted an audience of around 400 people from all walks of like. After a series of provocative statements from our expert panel, there was a vigorous question and answer session with the public. 

Thermodynamics 2013 Conference Attendees

Thermodynamics 2013 Conference Attendees

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