Dr. Joanna Webb, assistant professor of chemistry at West Virginia Wesleyan College, will present “Why Science Matters: Energy and Catalysis” on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Culpepper Auditorium of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. This is the final faculty lecture series of the year.
Dr. Webb’s lecture will focus on catalysis, the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a catalyst, the object of her graduate research. Her discussion will focus on what catalysis is, some historical examples, and how catalysis is playing a key role in alternative energy solutions.
“Energy is a hot topic for economic, environmental, and national security reasons,” stated Dr. Webb. “I believe that the energy problem is a chemistry problem. There are so many innovations still to be made in this area, and many could come from advances in chemical catalysis.”
Dr. Webb received her bachelor degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
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