April 2016: Batteries and Beer: The Chemistry of Beer Aroma and Energy Storage

This month we bring the ACS to the Monterey Bay. Gathering chemistry-minded individuals from colleges, research institutes, and companies from Santa Cruz to Monterey to Salinas to Gilroy, we will enjoy together learning about the chemistry of batteries and beer. Plenty of time will be allotted for conversation and networking, so join us to nourish your mind, taste buds, and friendships. If the event is well-received, more will follow in the Monterey Bay area (see Chair’s April message).

We welcome your suggestions for future topics and venues.

April 14, 2016

Inaugural ACS Dinner Seminar in the Monterey Bay
Batteries and Beer: The Chemistry of Beer Aroma and Energy Storage

Dr. John Goeltz, California State University, Monterey Bay

Sesnon House, Cabrillo College, Aptos
(Parking lots are distinguished by letter on campus. The lot in front of the Sesnon house is “N”. There is also easy parking along Soquel Drive heading south, on the same side of the street as Sesnon, and along the lower perimeter road that runs along the west side of the Sesnon house.)


The colors of chemistry. Vanadium battery electrolyte in different oxidation states (above). Beer (below)

Batteries and Beers: Among the contributors to a high quality of life are reliable electricity and fresh beer. Safe and affordable energy storage at the megawatt hour scale is needed before intermittent sources of power such as wind and solar can be incorporated into baseload electricity. Recent advances in the chemistries of grid-scale energy storage will be discussed within a historical perspective. The photochemistry of beer will also be discussed, and several beers will be on hand to allow the audience a sensory confirmation of the available time-resolved EPR data.

John Goeltz is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at California State University Monterey Bay, where he teaches general and upper division chemistry and mentors undergraduates researching applied electrochemistry and the physical chemistry of water. After studying inter- and intra-molecular electron transfer in his graduate research, he joined Sun Catalytix, where he worked to develop new chemistries for grid scale energy storage, work that continues at Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage. John is an author on thirteen peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on two granted patents and more than ten pending applications. He counts among his chemistry mentors his Ph.D. advisor Cliff Kubiak of UC San Diego, his undergraduate advisor J. Michael McBride of Yale, Ann Valentine of Temple University, and K. Travis Holman of Georgetown.
John brews ales whenever possible, and has just begun to dabble in lagering.

The event is on Thursday, April 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Seminar Batteries and Beer
Date Thursday, April 14th
Time 5:30PM – 6:30PM Social
6:30PM – 8:00PM Dinner
8:00PM – 9:00PM Seminar
Location Sesnon House
Cabrillo College, Aptos
Cost $30
$15 for students
Price includes wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.
Pay with cash or check at door.
Reservations Registration is now closed.

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