The Northern California Section serves ACerS members who reside or work in the following counties of California: Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, and Yolo.
Meetings and Activities
ACerS Webinar produced by the Northern California Section
On October 9, 2020, the Northern California Section of ACerS once again offered relevant programming with an interactive online showcase of start up companies actively using materials science to build innovative products. Three Bay Area (Silicon Valley) start up companies shared their stories of launching new companies and developing products. A link to the recording of the presentation can be found here.
Chris Eberspacher, Co-founder and Managing Director
Solar is the future of electricity. Consumers – residential, commercial and industrial – want cheap, reliable, preferably clean electrical power; and in many cases solar photovoltaics (PV) is the lowest-cost, most easily installed option. But traditional PV technology is approaching its efficiency limits, and traditional PV manufacturing is capital intensive. A new class of materials – metal-halide perovskites – provides a pathway to higher sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiencies and lower scaling costs. Tandem PV is developing perovskite PV technology that can operate in tandem with traditional silicon PV to provide higher efficiencies, lower electricity costs and lower capacity scaling costs by leveraging rather than competing with the existing Si PV infrastructure.
Christine Ho, Co-founder and CEO
Printed, solid-state batteries are here now, making them the perfect fit for an expanding range of high-volume, ‘next-generation’ Internet of Things devices and applications. Thinness, flexibility, safety, disposability and customizability give product designers new freedom. This talk will showcase both the technology and cool applications like logistics smart tags and medical patches.
Nadir Bagaveyev, CEO and Chief Designer
Bagaveev Corporation is focused on the colonization of Earth's orbit with large habitats and scientific and commercial stations. The firm is currently working on designing and building a reusable single stage to orbit rocket. Bagaveev Corporation is studying into ceramics research as a way to create an ultralight reusable heat shield for orbital re-entry and is seeking partners in industry, government and academia to expedite R&D in high temperature materials, 3D printable and sprayable ceramics, transpiration and film cooling of ceramic surfaces.
The Northern California Section of ACerS held its inaugural event on July 14. Over 100 participants listened to three of the leaders in the lithium battery field present key information about the next generation lithium batteries. Topics discussed included advances in engineered cathode, anode and solid electrolyte materials for both lithium ion batteries and solid-state lithium batteries.
The webinar has been posted at this link.