M. Grant Norton envisions a day when filling up at the fuel pump will be a thing of the past. It’s a vision that relies on hydrogen gas, a potentially clean, alternative fuel that currently eludes our tanks, primarily because there are no reasonable mechanisms for storing the highly explosive gas.

Dr. Norton will address how nanotechnology could solve the latter problem. He and his colleagues are working to patent nanospring technology that would fit into an ordinary style gas tank, solving the problem of hydrogen storage.


Featuring: M. Grant Norton, Ph.D.

Dr. Norton has published more than 160 research articles and two books, one on X-ray diffraction and one on ceramic materials. He belongs to several professional societies and is the editor of Journal of Materials Science. He helped to organize the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies in Singapore in 2005, and is on the organizing committee for the International Symposium on Reactivity of Solids in Minneapolis in 2007. He has received awards for outstanding teaching from Materials Science and Engineering in 1994 and 1997, from the College of Engineering and Architecture in 1994, and received the ASEE Outstanding Teaching Award for the Pacific Northwest region in 1996. He was also presented with a best paper award, Materials Division of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2002.