April 12 – Nano Power

Science Pub RVA #42

Over a sip of some sort and in an atmosphere where no science background is needed, talk about the small world of nano-technology moving us toward a big future.

No technological challenge is more important for future generations than finding clean energy solutions. Hear about and discuss research exploring the fascinating worlds of nano-materials and nano-technology and how they’re involved in the quest to harness, store and transport clean energy.

Dr. Puru Jena loves to teach and travel, and takes every opportunity he gets to play with his 2-year old granddaughter in Boston. A distinguished professor of physics at Virginia Commonwealth University, he received his early education in India and PhD in Physics from the University of California at Riverside. Jena has two primary research focuses: finding materials to best harness and store solar energy in non-toxic batteries, and investigating the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel. With the exception of a year when Dr. Jena was the director of the materials theory program at the National Science Foundation, and another year as Jefferson Science Fellow and senior Science Advisor at the US Department of State, he has been on VCU’s physics faculty since 1980. Dr. Jena is the author of 13 books, nearly 600 scientific papers, and two patents. Among many honors, Dr. Jena has been presented a Presidential Medallion, recognized by our Commonwealth as one of Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists, and received several institutional accolades including being named Outstanding Faculty of the Commonwealth of Virginia and VCU’s Award of Excellence,

Room for 100 curious minds  –  No registration needed  –  Optional: Click here to indicate “Going” on Facebook   –  Seating on a first-come basis 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Capital Ale House Music Hall
623 East Main St. Richmond, VA 23219 (map)
5:45 Doors Open — arrive when you wish & enjoy a beer and/or a bite
7:00 Program Starts  — 20″ talk & 40″ Q&A
8:00 Program Concludes

If you’re flying solo and keen to meet other curious minds, let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you toward a community table.  In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Note: By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.


What time should I arrive?
Whenever it works best for you. Some folks come early and enjoy a drink and/or a bite. Other show up just before the program’s start. Capacity varies by venue and seating is on a first-come basis.

How do I get there?
Click here for a map.  Capital Ale House offers complimentary parking in their downtown garage (click here for parking details on their website) and drivers can find street parking more easily on a week night in the neighborhood than most imagine. Carpooling and public transportation (click here to plan your GRTC trip) are always good ideas.

Do I have to be 21?
Not this time. All Science Pubs are designed for adult audiences. Most times, that simply means 18 and over. When we’re in a 21+ venue, we’ll make that clear.

I don’t drink alcohol, do you ever have any non-pub events?
Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand. While we’re often in bars, it’s not always the case. Subscribe below for emails and we’ll send location and other details to you two weeks before each event.

Will there be food?
The venue has a full menu. They’d love to serve you dinner. Though, ordering food and drink is not a requirement for attending Science Pub.