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In our series of three October/November 2020 webinars, “Decarbonisation and the chemistry of CO2”, of which this is the second of three, we will hear from industry and academic researchers who are exploring future CO2 capture, transport and storage techniques and scenarios; new and emerging CO2 capture and conditioning technologies; and the variety of opportunities being explored to utilise captured CO2.
The UK Government has mandated that by 2050, the UK will be carbon neutral. To meet this target, research by the Committee for Climate Change (CCC), the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) and the Energy Technologies Institute for the SCI’s Energy Group has highlighted the importance of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), in particular for addressing industrial emissions. Without CCUS, achieving net zero will be incredibly challenging, if not impossible.
The UK is very well placed to develop and exploit CCUS - Her Majesty’s Government wants the UK to become a global CCUS technology leader and to work internationally to bring about global CCUS cost reductions.Understanding the chemistry of CO2 is vital if we are to develop the processes at scale for CO2 capture and conditioning, alongside opportunities to use CO2 as a resource to produce a wide variety of chemicals including fertilisers, materials and fuels. These uses include more straightforward, but transient technologies, such as the use of captured CO2 in carbonated drinks and glasshouses, through to more complex options to ‘lock-in’ CO2 via the manufacture of products such as acetic acid, fertilisers and fuels, and new materials such as polymers and CO2 cured cement.
Dr Maryam Bayati, SCI / Northumbria University
Dr Bayati is a senior lecturer in Materials Engineering, nanotechnology, energy and environment at Northumbria University. She possesses several years' work experience both in academia and industry and was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool, under the supervision of Professor David Schiffrin in “Electrocatalysis by Nanomaterials in Fuel Cells”. Dr Bayati was recipient of some awards including CKIP grant from Sheffield Hallam University in 2019 and a full scholarship toward PhD. She has published one patent and 20+ papers in several high-impact factor international journals as a first and corresponding author. In addition, she filed a patent application in collaboration with Alkaline Fuel Cell Energy Company. Her research results were delivered at 27 national and international conferences including invited and keynote talks in France, Germany, Spain, China, India and Japan and was elected as SCI Membership and Energy Committees in 2016 and 17 respectively. Over more than 15 years of experience working on different fields of Materials Science and Engineering, she has successfully participated into completion of two EPSRC, two FP7 (the seventh framework programme for research and technological development) and two Innovate UK projects.
Andy is Johnson Matthey’s Technical Marketing Director; within this role he analyses and assesses the regulatory, market and technology drivers for the evolution of the automotive powertrain towards electrification (covering both batteries and fuel cell systems). He also focuses on the clean energy transition and its implications, both for transport and beyond, including driving the use of clean hydrogen as a key enabler across different sectors.
Andy is the author/co-author of over 80 publications, and in 2006 was awarded the Lloyd L Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). In 2011 he was elected SAE Fellow.
Geschäftsführer / Managing Director SUEZ Sonderabfallgesellschaft mbH. Director Industrial Waste Specialities - Chemicals Germany
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Dr. Mohammad (Mim) Rahimi is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He conducts research on developing various electrochemical processes for carbon capture and utilization. Dr. Rahimi obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2017.
Dr. Rahimi authored and co-authored more than 15 peer-reviewed articles and served as a reviewer for more than 25 scientific journals. He also served as a guest editor for several journals including a Special Issue on “New Frontiers in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)” for Sustainability journal.
Herriot Watt University/IDRIC
Professor Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA, FEI) is leading the development of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC). She is also Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) and Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt University.
Mercedes has held academic appointments at the University of Kentucky (1997-1998), Pennsylvania State University (1998-2004), University of Nottingham (2005-2012) and Heriot-Watt University (2012-now). Mercedes obtained her PhD in 1997 at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland). Following a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky in US, she moved to the Pennsylvania State University in US, where she worked as Research Fellow and from 2001 as Assistant Professor and became Program Coordinator for Sustainable Energy. She joined the University of Nottingham as Reader in 2005 and within 3 years she was promoted to Professor in Energy Technologies. During her time at Nottingham she was the Head of the Energy and Sustainability Research Division at the Faculty of Engineering. She joined Heriot-Watt University in 2012 as the first Robert Buchan Chair in Sustainable Engineering and she has been Director of the cross-university Energy Academy and Head of the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering. Her internationally recognised track record covers energy systems, CCUS, integration of hydrogen technologies, and low carbon fuels.
In addition, she has over 520 publications, including editor of 4 books and 25% of her publications are in top 10% most cited worldwide.
Summaries of presentations are shown in the Appendix here.
Introduction to the Webinar
Dr Maryam Bayati, SCI / Northumbria University, Webinar Chair
Contributions are invited from early stage researchers and PhD students working in all areas of CCUS to present their poster at this one-day conference. Posters should be submitted (in PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 27 October 2020 with the subject line “CCUS conference - poster submission” Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere. The best three posters will receive a prize and be invited to present their poster (5 minutes) during the 5 November 2020 webinar.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate the posters:
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