Dr. Gabriel LeBlanc, ’10, will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 17, in Nucor Auditorium.
The lecture, titled “From Soccer to Science: Electrochemistry of Biomaterials and Nanomaterials,” is free and open to the public.
LeBlanc graduated from Lyon in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. During his time at Lyon, he was a varsity soccer player and the recipient of the Dr. Samuel W. Williams Fellowship and the Dahlquist Scholarship Athlete Award.
LeBlanc went on to earn his doctorate at Vanderbilt University. During his graduate studies, he focused his research on the integration of photosynthetic proteins into solar energy conversion devices. Using efficient nanomaterial from plants, he developed novel methods for converting solar energy into electrical and chemical energy.
After completing his doctorate in 2014, LeBlanc spent a year at the University of Texas working with Delia Milliron, associate professor and fellow of the Henry Beckman professorship at the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, on a smart-window project to improve energy consumption in buildings by utilizing the unique properties of metal oxide nanoparticles and composites.
LeBlanc has also authored and co-authored 18 peer-reviewed publications, with many more papers in the works.
Since August 2015, he has served as the Wellspring assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Tulsa. His visit is sponsored by the Lyon College Student Affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society.
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