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Chemist Tries to Solve World's Energy Woes

Chemist Tries to Solve World’s Energy Woes

August 07,2005 | CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Daniel Nocera arrives at his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by 7 a.m., goes home 13 hours later — where he often reads papers or e-mails students much of the night — and returns to his labs on weekends. Vacations? None, really, unless you count chemistry conferences. After all, trying to save the world is hard work. If you ever wonder about how the world will produce enough energy to supply 9 billion people by mid-century — and whether that can be done without pumping off-the-charts amounts of carbon dioxide into the air — meet one of the minds trying to produce an answer.

We’d better wish him luck!


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