Seminar Robin White: Delivering Sustainable Energy Carriers, Platform Molecules and Synthetic Oxygenates

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Studenten, Medewerkers
29-05-2018 van 11:45 tot 12:30
Campus Coupure, Auditorium E1.015, Coupure Links 653, Gent
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Nathan De Geyter
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Robin White recently won the 'Young Researcher Award 2017' from he G2C2 network and will give a public lecture at the 6th Annual Workshop and Symposium of the G2C2 meeting about the relation between renewable energy, H2, CO2 and energy storage.


The rapid increase of renewable energy and its intermittent and mixed power generation (as is the case with e.g. solar and wind energy) gives rise to today's challenge for the appropriate storage and match of supply of electrical energy. Alongside that, the need for a fast decrease in net CO2 emission and an ever increasing population calls for urgent action.

Dr. Robin J. White will present his research on the so called 'Power-to-Liquid'-technology that is based on the storage of intermittent renewable energy in chemical bonds in the form of gases or liquids. Such approach is based on the catalytic conversion of H2 (e.g. produced from H2O splitting) and CO2 (e.g. captured from industrial flue gas, biomass conversion processes or air) to liquids such as methanol. The 'Power-to-Liquid'-technology enables the production of platform molecules or other clean fuels and chemical compounds with drastically reduced CO2 emissions. In addition, a large scale energy storage medium is provided. This strategy will be discussed in his presentation from an economic and ecological point of view.

About Robin White

Since 2015, Dr. Robin J. White is head of the R&D group 'Sustainable Catalytic Materials' at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). During his scientific career, he has been awarded numerous prices, inter alia three Max-Planck-Society Post-Doctoral Fellowships, a UniCat Post-Doctoral stipend, the 'Attract Award' from the Fraunhofer Society to establish his current R&D group and most recently the 'Young Researcher Award 2017' from the G2C2 network. Furthermore, he was editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry's book 'Porous Carbon Materials from Sustainable Precursors' and is co-editor of 'Wiley's Chemical Energy Storage section of the Handbook of Energy Storage'.

His current R&D group focuses on a theme critical to the further development of Green Chemistry, namely sustainable catalytic materials and systems, with the aim of supporting the relation between renewable energy, H2, CO2 and biomass conversion. Recent research comprises the delivery of sustainable energy carriers, platform molecules and synthetic oxygenates.


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