Keith & Russ welcome Michelle Dolgos of the Oregon State University Department of Chemistry. She discusses her research into creating materials that contribute to the sustainability of the planet. Her lab uses nontoxic starting materials and low-energy inputs in their research. She also the interesting features of the piezoelectric effect, which can create materials that act as either actuators or sensors. We can find many of these materials in our own phones or in our car's brake systems.
Aired Feb. 1, 2015.