John A. Turner Ph.D.
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Black Hills State University will host a lecture on hydrogen solar cells by Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer John A. Turner. The talk, “Frontiers, Opportunities and Challenges for a Hydrogen Economy” will be held Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.


Turner is a research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His research is primarily concerned with enabling technologies for the implementation of hydrogen systems into a sustainable energy infrastructure. This includes direct conversion systems (photoelectrolysis) for hydrogen production from sunlight and water, materials for advanced fuel cell membranes, and corrosion protection for fuel cell metal bipolar plates. He is the author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of photoelectrochemistry, fuel cells, batteries, general electrochemistry, and analytical chemistry.


During his time in the Black Hills, Turner will also present a technical lecture,
Hydrogen Production from Photoelectrochemical Cells: Theoretical Considerations and Experimental Results” at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in EEP 252.


Both the BHSU and the SDSM&T lectures are sponsored by the Black Hills Regional Chapter of Sigma Xi. For more information contact Michael Zehfus at 605.642.6028
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