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How can batteries helps combat climate change? What are dual functional materials and their role in a carbon neutral world? And how can solar play a role in textile production? We'll hear from chemical and environmental engineers on batteries, carbon neutrality, and solar energy from technologies developed in the lab to their impact on the world's energy landscape.
Achieving Carbon Neutrality in Natural Gas Power Plants using Dual Function Materials
Chae Jeong (Ph.D. student, Columbia University)
With the recent abundance of natural gas, fossil fuels continue to dominate a major fraction of the world’s energy portfolio, rendering carbon dioxide reducing technologies critical to avoid irreversible damage to our environment. This talk presents dual function materials as a possible technology that can bring carbon neutrality to natural gas electricity generation while avoiding problems associated with the current carbon capture, storage, and utilization methods.
The Potential of Solar-Chemical Manufacturing: From Clean Fuels to Fast Fashion
The need to decouple industrial processes from fossil energy sources only grows more urgent with the fast increase in global energy demand and the multiple global initiatives to mitigate climate change. Chemical manufacturing is highly energy-intensive as it requires large amounts of heat derived from fossil sources. On the other hand, emerging electrochemical processes which require electricity can be directly integrated with renewable energy sources. This presentation will discuss opportunities in solar-chemical processes for the production of clean fuels and textiles.
Rechargeable Batteries: What’s Beyond Lithium-Ion?
Dr. Rob Messinger (Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at The City College of New York)
Lithium-ion batteries revolutionized portable electronics. However, society needs significantly improved energy storage technologies to electrify transportation and integrate renewable energy sources (e.g., solar and wind) into the electrical grid on a global scale. Here, I’ll discuss how lithium-ion batteries work, the challenges and opportunities associated with “beyond Li-ion” energy storage technologies, and what’s likely next on the horizon.