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Science on Tap: 'Helium: a Mighty Element in Mighty Short Supply'

Wednesday, February 5 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Jefferson Ballroom

2017 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103

People Interested (3)

Oana Jackson Janine Bijsterbosch Connie James

Getting Here

Washington University's Science on Tap series is back for the spring 2020 semester. This month, Sophia Hayes, professor of chemistry, presents "Helium: a Mighty Element in Short Supply." Helium is a remarkable gas with special properties and is on the U.S. government's “critical materials” list. Many of us think about party balloons, but helium’s reach goes much further, into medicine, consumer electronics and newly emerging quantum information/quantum-computing realms. This presentation will discuss why this shortage is an issue and what's special about the U.S.’s Strategic Helium Reserve, which is due for shutdown in fall 2021. Register for free here. 

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Sciences


Science & Technology


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Event Contact

Cynthia Wichelman, MD | 314-935-9495 | scienceontap@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Sophia Hayes is a professor of chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. The goal of ​Hayes' research group is a basic understanding of the structure and properties of different types of inorganic systems, including semiconductors and other optically and electronically active materials. Her research interests include optically-pumped NMR and optically-detected NMR, quadrupolar NMR of clusters and thin films, and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration. More information about her research can be found here: https://chemistry.wustl.edu/people/sophia-e-hayes

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