ONR Scientist Heats Up Airwaves on NPR Program

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Office of Naval Research
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2010

ARLINGTON, Va. – Dr. Linda Chrisey, a leading scientist at the Office of Naval Research, discusses the dynamics of microbial fuel cells on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” program shortly after 3:30 p.m. EST, April 30.

Chrisey, program officer for ONR’s Naval Biosciences and Biocentric Technology Program, will share with host Ira Flatow how the microbial fuel cell converts decomposed marine organisms into electricity.

She joins a roundtable of experts discussing biofuel technologies when the nationally syndicated show airs. Find an NPR station broadcast near you.

The microbial fuel cell offers an efficient, clean and reliable alternative to batteries and other environmentally harmful energy sources. ONR has collaborated on its development with researchers and scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

Hoping to create a reusable, clean source of energy, the microbial fuel cell may become a viable power source benefitting military as well as the general public.

Other invited biofuel panelists include Adam Bratts, biofuels program manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Lee Lynd, professor of environmental engineering at design, Dartmouth  College; Richard Sayre, director, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels; and Bruce Rittman, environmental engineering professor, Arizona State University.

“Science Friday” is a nationally syndicated two-hour talk show that explores the biggest news in the science community. Expert guests regularly discuss science-related topics and field questions from listeners. 

About the Office of Naval Research

The Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning, and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel.

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