October 09, 2017

Richard Robinson, an award-winning professor of materials science at Cornell University, will deliver Susquehanna University’s 2017 Claritas Distinguished Lecture in the Sciences on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Robinson’s lecture, Metastable Nanoparticles for Energy Applications, will address what is so unique about these particles and what new energy technologies can be developed from them.

Nanoparticles assume new, novel properties not seen in normal materials. Atoms are easily manipulated into nontraditional arrangements, so-called “metastable phases,” which can lead to enhanced energy applications.

Robinson will present the key ideas behind colloidal nanoparticles and the impacts they have made.

Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Tufts University, Medford, Mass. He went on to earn his doctorate in applied physics at Columbia University, New York, N.Y., and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, Calif.

The Claritas Distinguished Lecture in the Sciences was endowed by George E. ’64 and Margaret Lauver ’66 Harris to support lectures, seminars or residencies by nationally recognized leaders in business, government or education on topics in the public interest. This series brings an accomplished scholar in the sciences to campus annually for a public address.