CSU, Chico News

Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society Features Chemist’s Analysis of the Fate of the Electric Car

Date: 11-17-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Daniel Clark
Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry

“The Electric Car: Murder Victim, Suicide, or Still a Gleam in its Parents’ Eyes” is the title of a talk by James Postma, PhD, to be presented at the Dec. 2 annual dinner meeting of the Northern California Subsection of the American Chemical Society.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in room 210 of the Bell Memorial Union, California State University, Chico. The seminar begins at 7 p.m. The dinner and meeting are open to guests and those interested in the topic. The cost is $25 general admission and $10 for students.

“Electric cars have existed since the inception of the automobile,” said Postma, “but to date, have not penetrated the consumer market to a significant degree.”

Postma will present the significant advantages of an electrochemical energy source (batteries) relative to a combustion source for automotive power. He will also review the challenges that have limited the success of electric car technology. The group will be asked to make some educated, but speculative, predictions about the scientific, engineering and societal progress that will be necessary for the success of electric cars.

Those interested may reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Johns in the Department of Chemistry at 530-898-5259 or kjohns@csuchico.edu by Nov. 22.