James Postma is a professor of Chemistry at Cal State University,Chico. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Davis and then returned to CSU, Chico to join the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1982. He teaches general, physical, and analytical chemistry courses as well as having served as department chair from 1998 to 2004. Professor Postma is the co-author (along with Julian L. Roberts and J. Leland Hollenberg of the University of Redlands) of Chemistry in the Laboratory, a widely used laboratory text for freshman general chemistry courses, and he is the chief science officer of a local start-up company, Advanced Light Technologies.
The Electric Car: Murder Victim, Suicide, or Still a Gleam in its Parents’ Eyes
Electric cars have existed since the inception of the automobile, but to date, have not penetrated the consumer market to a significant degree. This talk will present the significant advantages of an electrochemical energy source (batteries) relative to a combustion source for automotive power. But the challenges that have limited the success of electric car technology will also be reviewed. We will try to make educated, but speculative, predictions about the scientific, engineering, and societal progress that will be necessary for the success of electric cars. For more background on a previous version of this talk, see the Additional Information section.