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7:00-8:30 PM

Jefferson Ballroom
2017 Chouteau Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(Next to PW Pizza and Vin de Set restaurants)

Helium: A Mighty Element in Mighty Short Supply

Sophia E. Hayes, Ph.D.

Sophia E. Hayes, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

Helium is a remarkable chemical element with special properties, recently listed on the “critical materials” list by the U.S. government, which is currently in short supply. Many of us only hear about this issue when stores stop supplying helium balloons, but helium’s reach goes much further, into medicine, consumer electronics, and newly-emerging quantum information/quantum computing realms. This informational presentation will discuss why the helium shortage is an issue, and what is special about the U.S.’s Strategic Helium Reserve, which is scheduled for shut-down in fall 2021.

Science On Tap highlighted on St. Louis Public Radio and Voice of America!

Science On Tap sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis is always a free event, where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside of a traditional academic context, in the Jefferson Ballroom.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year, usually from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The standard format is as follows: about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion until 8:30 PM.

Jefferson Ballroom
2017 Chouteau Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-4949

Register to receive e-mail announcements of future Science On Tap events.

Interested in learning about medicine? Check out Washington University's Mini-Medical School!

For more information: e-mail scienceontap@wustl.edu
or call (314) 935-9495

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