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The Resnick Sustainability Institute Presents “Element 19: A Breakthrough Discovery in Sustainable Chemistry” Screening and Panel Discussion

Published on Monday, April 20, 2015 | 12:32 pm

The Resnick Sustainability Institute presents a screening of its first short documentary film “Element 19: A Breakthrough Discovery in Sustainable Chemistry” on Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, at Caltech’s Lees Kubota Lecture Hall.

Element 19 (which is the number for potassium on the periodic table) shines a light on the remarkable Caltech discovery of a renewable potassium-based catalyst that can be used for the manufacture of essential chemical products that is both sustainable and affordable.

Featuring PhD student and Dow-Resnick Fellow, Anton Toutov, Professors Robert H. Grubbs and Brian M. Stoltz, postdoctoral scholar Wen-Bo “Boger” Liu, and undergrad Kerry Betz, the film aims to broadly explain the implications of the team’s groundbreaking work in sustainable chemistry in an accessible way.

The short feature will be followed by a panel discussion with the research team and filmmakers. The event will close with a celebratory reception in the Guggenheim lobby.

Element 19 Screening and Panel Discussion will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. with a reception from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall, Guggenheim Bldg, Caltech Campus (1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena).

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