San Donato Milanese (Milan), 10 June 2011 –  A cycle of seminars organized for the Eni Award 2011 finishes today at 11 AM in Turin at the Castello del Valentino (Politecnico - Viale Mattioli, 39), the seminars aim to unite Italy under the banner of science.  Following the keynote speech held by the winners of various sections of the award in Rome, Catania and Urbino, tomorrow at 11 AM, Gabor A. Somorjai and Martin Landrø, winners of the prize ex aequo New frontiers of oil, along with Gregory Stephanopoulos, winner of the renewable and non-conventional Energy Prize, Jean-Marie Tarascon, winner of the Environmental Protection Award, and the two winners of the Debut in Research, Simone Gamba and Fabrizio Frontalini, will hold a talk show to talk about their research.

The event, moderated by Gabriele Beccaria, head of Tuttoscienze, La Stampa, will also include Ezio Pelizzetti, Rector of the University of Turin, and Francesco Profumo, rector of the Politecnico di Torino. The meeting is an opportunity to present to the audience, including primary school students and academics, research that has earned them prestigious award.

The winners, prompted by the questions they are asked, will describe how their research and its application in everyday life, can contribute significantly to improve the way we consume energy.

Somorjai explains his research on the development of new catalysts used in petroleum cracking processes, key technology to ensure the yield and quality of fuels, while Landro describes the development and application of 4D seismic analysis, which enables users to  determine the changes over time in deposits of oil and gas production and to manage development so as to significantly increase the oil recovery factor.

Gregory Stephanopoulos talks about his research for the production of second generation biofuels, not in competition with the food sector and Jean-Marie Tarascon says his research aimed at developing high performance batteries and cost for the deployment of electric vehicles in the mobility area.

The rising researchers in the "under 30" category, Simone Gamba and Fabrizio Frontalini, speak of their studies on the interpretation and modeling of the process of hydrocracking of hydrocarbons and research on marine species of benthic foraminifera as bio-indicators of trace contaminants in the marine environment.

The event can also be followed live streaming on the page http://eni.iwebcasting.it/eniaward2011

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