Chemistry Seminar Presented by Prof. Jingguang Chen: "Chemical Engineering Approaches for Catalytic Reduction of CO2"

April 11, -
Speaker(s): Prof. Jingguang Chen, Columbia University
"Chemical Engineering Approaches for Catalytic Reduction of CO2"

Converting CO2 to value-added chemicals and fuels is one of the most practical routes for reducing CO2 emissions while fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy sector in the near future. In this talk we will present several routes in catalytic CO2 conversion: (1) CO2 hydrogenation by thermocatalysis, (2) CO2 reduction by electrocatalysis, and (3) simultaneous upgrading of CO2 and shale gas. We will use these examples to highlight the importance of combining kinetic studies, in situ characterization and density functional theory calculations for the mechanistic understanding of CO2 conversion. We will use the hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol as an example to illustrate challenges in achieving a net-reduction of CO2 by performing mass and energy balance analysis. We will also demonstrate proof-of-principle results of several promising catalytic reactions using tandem processes to convert CO2 and light alkanes to syngas, olefins, aromatics and oxygenates.

Jingguang Chen is the Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, with a joint appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He started his academic career at the University of Delaware and rose to the rank of the Claire LeClaire Professor of chemical engineering and the Director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology. He is the co-author of 23 United States patents and 475 journal publications, and he is recognized as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher. He is currently the President of the North American Catalysis Society, the Director of the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium, and an Associate Editor of ACS Catalysis. He received many catalysis awards, including the George Olah Award on Hydrocarbon/Petroleum Chemistry from the American Chemical Society and the R.H. Wilhelm Award on Chemical Reaction Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

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Faculty Host: Prof. Ivan Moreno-Hernandez