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UDaily: Caltech's Gray recruiting innovative 'army' of solar researchers

UDaily: Caltech's Gray recruiting innovative 'army' of solar researchers

Plants already are experts at this business of solar conversion, turning the sun's energy into the chemical energy they need. Humans are just starting to get better at it, developing an artificial photosynthesis that will allow them to harness the plentiful energy of the sun and convert it to fuel in cheap, efficient, sustainable ways.

Harry Gray, a distinguished chemist from Caltech, has been working on such ideas for years. Now, as commander-in-chief of his self-assembled "Solar Army," he is leveraging the brainpower of an innovative, diverse and internationally dispersed force of young thinkers and accomplished scientists to find the best components and materials.

Gray visited the University of Delaware last week to deliver the inaugural Edward G. Jefferson Lecture in Life Sciences. And he delivered something for everyone in the Trabant University Center Theatre audience.