On March 28, 2013, Dr. Jonah Erlebacher of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering delivered a presentation entitled “Scaling up Problems in Energy and Sustainability: A Materials Scientist’s Perspective,” as part of the Whiting School of Engineering’s Donald P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lecture series.
Dr. Erlebacher’s lecture focused on the development of new materials to help transition society into a future where energy resources are utilized efficiently and cleanly. The presentation was open to the entire Johns Hopkins Community, and the audience filled Mason Hall. Special guests included Mr. Gordon Croft and Prof. Karl Sieradzki.
Dr. Erlebacher is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the development of materials whose structures are controlled at the nanoscale. He is particularly known for the innovation developments of nanoporous metals, and his research into nanoporous metals has influenced many aspects of energy utilization, from the synthesis of fuel cell catalysts for clean energy generation to preventing corrosion and materials failure.