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Catalytic technologies for a decarbonized chemical economy


发布时间:2022-03-01 

Abstract

Traditionally, we have been relying almost exclusively on fossil resources as feedstock and energy source for chemical industries. It is estimated that the production of chemicals and fuels is responsible for more than a third of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Decreasing this number through technologic and policy developments is imperative for mitigating climate change. Catalysis could help shifting chemical industries towards the use of renewable energy and could in principle turn the production of chemicals and fuels into a net carbon negative industry. 

This seminar will introduce the basics of chemical catalysis and how it relates to the reduction of GHG emissions. Firstly, I will describe the current state as well as the underlying challenges in the deep decarbonization of the production of some common chemicals. Differences, similarities, and potential applications of thermal, photo, and electrocatalysis will be discussed. I am going to present case studies on how companies utilize catalysis for the carbon neutral production of chemical products. Finally, an outlook into the future use of catalysis for the climate change mitigation will be provided.

Bio

Dr. Max Hülsey obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Heidelberg University. He received his PhD at the National University of Singapore in 2021 under the tutelage of Prof. Ning Yan. Since 2021, he is a Schmidt Science Fellow in the Surendranath group at the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research experience includes the development and understanding of materials for a variety of catalytic applications such as CO2 reduction, CO oxidation, as well as the valorization of biomass compounds. He now has pivoted into electrochemical technologies including the reduction of CO2 to chemicals and fuels.