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Kids Can Explore Chemistry for Solar Fuels in Caltech’s “Science Journeys”

Published on Nov 5, 2020

Jake Evans, dressed in a cleanroom suit

Science Journeys, Caltech’s online programming for kids grade 8 and up, will be presenting “Fueling the World Engine: Chemistry for Solar Fuels,” where Jake Evans, a graduate student of chemistry and chemical engineering at the institute, will be explaining how chemists are using light to make fuels and move toward a sustainable energy future.

Science Journeys will start at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Programs are free through the generosity of the Friends of Beckman Auditorium. Reservations are required.

In this episode, Evans will illustrate just how much power the world uses, how solar panels work, what chemicals can be used to store energy, and how chemists are using light to make fuels.

He will also explain the difference between energy and power, how nature stores solar energy, and maybe you could wonder in advance if solar energy could power the whole planet.

Evans obtained his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is pursuing his Ph.D. in chemistry at Caltech, where he studies corrosion protection in high-performance solar energy devices. He is involved in the Visiting Scientists program at Caltech, volunteering in a local public elementary school to provide science education.

Evans is also a member of the chemistry graduate studies committee, which provides academic and social events for graduate students at Caltech.

Outside of the lab, Evans performed demonstrations and gave live lectures to visitors from around the state on a variety of scientific topics.

He enjoys stargazing, tabletop role-playing games, and college basketball.

To register for your virtual seat at Science Journeys, or to check out other upcoming episodes, visit

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