Powering ahead with solar energy (Friday Evening Discourse)

7.50pm - 9.15pm, Friday 31 October

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Solar panels being installed

    Solar panels being installed

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Standard £17


Associate members £11


Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

With a growing global population, an international challenge is to find sustainable sources of energy. Professor Lesley Yellowlees will explain how chemists can contribute effectively to solar energy. She’ll describe the research she and her team have undertaken in Edinburgh to characterise dye sensitised solar cells using techniques such as UV/Vis and EPR spectroelectrochemistry.

About the speaker

Lesley Yellowlees is the Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.

Her research centres on electron transfer reactions, which are vital to many diverse areas of chemistry such as solar energy conversion, catalytic processes, synthetic procedures, and chemical biology pathways. Her research group are particularly interested in the redox properties of compounds.

She completed her higher education at the University of Edinburgh, gaining a BSc in Chemical Physics, and PhD in Inorganic Electrochemistry. Since then, her work has brought her international recognition with numerous awards including the IUPAC’s Distinguished Women Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award. She is the Immediate Past President, having been the first female president of the Royal Society for Chemistry.

Please note

If you haven't been before, please note that Friday Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.


This event will be filmed and available on the Ri Channel soon after the it has finished. Many Ri events are already available to watch.

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