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Leading Solar Energy Researcher to Offer Summer Lecture Series at UW

June 30, 2008 — Renowned solar energy researcher Bruce Parkinson will offer a course on converting solar energy to electricity and fuels July 14-18 at the University of Wyoming.

Recognized internationally as a leading researcher in harnessing solar energy, Parkinson this fall will begin work as a new distinguished professor of chemistry in the UW School of Energy Resources. He currently leads a research group at Colorado State University.

The UW course, which offers one credit hour, will include an overview of solar energy and photovoltaic energy conversion. Parkinson also will discuss photo electrochemical fuel production, third-generation solar energy conversion and related topics.

"The various types of photovoltaic cells will be discussed and the future potential of each will be analyzed," Parkinson says. "New, but unproven technologies for both higher efficiency and lower cost solar energy will also be discussed."

The UW Department of Chemistry and Wyoming NASA EPSCoR (Experimental Program to stimulate Competitive Research) sponsor the program.

To register and for more information, call Shawnn Lively in the Department of Chemistry, (307) 766-2479.

A professor at CSU since 1991, Parkinson was a research chemist for DuPont Central Research and Development from 1985-1991. Before that, he was a senior scientist at the Solar Energy Research Institute for four years. He is the author of more than 140 publications in professional journals, and holds four U.S. patents. Parkinson's research has been funded by several agencies including the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, and he is a consultant and reviewer for many private companies and government agencies.

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