Contributed by Joe Sagues, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, & Matteo Grattieri, Assistant Professor, University of Bari Aldo Moro
The ACS Green Chemistry Institute and iScience are sponsoring an exciting session at this year’s GC&E conference called “Electrosynthesis of Chemicals & Fuels”, which will showcase leaders in industry, academia, and national labs. This session will bring together experts from two distinct, yet highly related fields: 1) microbial electrosynthesis and 2) catalytic electrosynthesis. The intention of this session is to exploit exciting synergies that exist between these two research areas, and to foster collaborations and future research directions in this highly multidisciplinary field. The session will address multiple challenges present in the field of electrosynthesis. These challenges include, but are not limited to, 1) C-C bond formation for C2+ compounds, 2) electrochemical wiring of bacteria and high product selectivity, 3) energy efficient processes with low overpotentials, 4) improved mass transfer of gaseous substrates, and 4) techno-economic viability & commercialization. A diverse group of researchers will be speaking with backgrounds ranging from synthetic biology, electrochemistry, catalysis, and process engineering.
Confirmed speakers include:
Josh Schaidle, Catalytic Carbon Transformation Platform Lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, who will discuss recent advancements with electricity-driven conversion of CO2 and biomass-derived intermediates.
Etosha Cave, Founder & CSO of Opus12, who will highlight an innovative electrochemical CO2 conversion technology currently being commercialized.
Doris Hafenbradl, CTO of Electrochaea, who will discuss the industrial application of biological methanation for energy storage, CO2 reuse and renewable fuel.
Kelsey A. Stoerzinger, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University, who will present results from her recent work on electrocatalytic hydrogenation of bio-oil model substrates over platinum group metals.
Caroline Ajo-Franklin, Professor at Rice University, who will discuss recent work on powering catalysis in microorganisms using electrochemistry and synthetic biology.
Deepak Pant, Senior Scientist at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), who will discuss bioelectrochemical systems for resource recovery: From lab to field applications.
We will also have presentations from excellent graduate students that you won’t want to miss! See you all there!