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Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park (Columbia University) Jorge A. Rodríguez Navarro (Universidad de Granada) Jean-Paul Lange (Shell Global Solutions International BV) Rosalind Rickaby (University of Oxford)

Atmospheric CO2 capture: Technologies for a sustainable future

Life and Matter Sciences Jornada online Thursday, 17 February 2022, 18:00 hours ONLINE www.fundacionareces.tv/directo

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One of the United Nations objectives within the "Sustainable Development Goals" framework is "climate action". Today, global warming is the most pressing problem for present and future generations. A growing world population and its increasing demands on energy and water underline the difficulty of achieving this goal and the diversity of efforts and initiatives required to achieve it.

One of the most important strategies is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through international agreements and other policies to ensure a significant shift towards the use of renewable energies. However, other actions are needed; new methods and technologies that actively reduce the amount of these gases in the atmosphere, in particular carbon dioxide (CO2) could contribute to significantly reduce the current greenhouse gas emissions.

The reduction or elimination of atmospheric CO2 can be achieved through strategies that stored it in geological structures, or through products specifically designed to capture it. These scientific developments, together with other initiatives, such reduce deforestation, changes in agriculture, ocean biomass or carbon mineralisation, will hopefully contribute to a more sustainable future.

The conference will focus on how to develop sustainable technologies to reach a new circular carbon economy that will allow to capture and store atmospheric CO2, both with metal-organic frameworks and other chemical compounds. Also, transformation of solid waste into solid waste into renewable energy and how to use oceans to absorb CO2 will be discussed.

Thursday, 17 February

18:00 h.

Jornada online

Captura de CO2 atmosférico: tecnologías para un futuro sostenible

Presentation:    

Emilio Bouza Santiago   
Chairman of the Scientific Council of Fundación Ramón Areces, Spain.

Soledad Santos Suárez   
Editorial Director for Spain and Portugal, Springer Healthcare, a Springer Nature Business.

 

Introduction and moderation:     

Erika Pastrana   
Executive Editor, Nature Research, New York, EE.UU.

 

Lectures:    

Towards sustainable energy and materials: creating a new circular carbon economy via carbon capture, utilization and storage

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park    
Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, EEUU.

 

Tailorable Metal-Organic Frameworks for Green House Gases Capture

Jorge A. Rodríguez Navarro    
Department of Inorganic Chemistry. University of Granada. Spain.

 

Biomass valorization - Advances in furfural technologies

Jean-Paul Lange    
Shell Global Solutions International B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands & Sustainable Process Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

 

How to manipulate the ocean to absorb more CO2

Rosalind Rickaby    
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK.

  Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park is the Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy and Department Chair of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. Park received her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of British Columbia, both in Chemical Engineering. She joined Columbia University in the fall of 2007 after completing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Ohio State University.

Her research focuses on tools to enable the development of a viable energy conversion systems integrated with in-situ carbon mineral sequestration. Their current efforts include the fundamental studies of chemical and physical interactions of natural and engineered materials with CO2 such as the development of novel nano-scale hybrid materials for integrated CO2 capture and conversion. Based on their work on these new materials and reaction schemes, Park group is also working on innovative fuel synthesis pathways to use unconventional energy sources such as shale gas, biomass and municipal solid wastes while minimizing environmental impacts. 

   Jorge Rodríguez Navarro

Jorge Rodríguez Navarro is Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Granada since 2010. His research focuses in the properties and applications of lego-like porous materials that can be obtained by means of reticular chemistry principles, among them the synthesis of metal organic frameworks. His research group has worked in recent years in several strategies capture CO2 from the atmosphera based on its physical and chemical characteristics. They have worked on the use of solid adsorbents and its advantages compared to other amine disolvants. Their main objective is to design tailorable Metal-Organic Frameworks for Green House Gases.

He is the author of > 135 publications and he has been distinguished by the Excellence Research Award of the University of Granada (2002, 2009) and the RSEQ-Sigma-Aldrich Young Researcher Award (2006).

  Jean-Paul Lange

Jean-Paul Lange is the principal research scientist at Shell Projects & Technology in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he has been exploring novel catalytic processes in the areas of natural gas conversion, chemicals manufacturing, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals and, most recently, waste plastic recycling.

He is also Prof. in Chemical Biorefining at the university of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, where he explores thermochemical routes for converting biomass to fuels and chemicals and initiating programs on plastic waste recycling.

He has more than 100 patent applications (published & pending) and is an author of more than 60 publications and 7 book chapters. He is a member of the advisory board energy for the program Horizon 2020 from the European Commission and of the international advisory board of ChemSusChem and BioFPR. 

   Rosalind Rickaby

Throughout her research career, Rosalind Rickaby has aimed to bring life to geochemistry. She has pioneered an interdisciplinary blend of biology and chemistry to resolve questions of past climates, evolution, and the future of the phytoplankton. Her distinctive approach is to read geological history from signals of adaptation within genes of modern organisms. Rosalind has authored over 100 papers and co-authored a book “Evolution’s Destiny: Co-evolving chemistry of the environment and life”.

She is currently Chair of Geology at the Department of Earth Sciences in the University of Oxford; where she has been Professor of Biogeochemistry since 2002. She received her PhD from Cambridge University in 1995 and studied her post-doc at Harvard.

In 2008 Rosalind received the European Geosciences Union’s Outstanding Young Scientist award, and most recently, in 2016, the Lyell Award of the Geological Society of London.

 

  Erika Pastrana

Erika has a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from “Universidad Autónoma de Madrid” and was granted a doctorate at the same University, investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for promoting the regeneration of damaged axons in the mammalian central nervous system. After her doctoral thesis, Erika went to New York for four years where she did her postdoctoral studies at Columbia University studying neurogenesis and neural lineage progression mechanisms in adult mice.

She began her publishing career in 2010 as editor at “Nature Methods”, where she was in charge of neurosciences, and in March 2014 she moved to the “Nature Communications” Journal as Team Manager. In April 2017 she began as Executive Editor in the Division of Nature Research Journals and, in 2019, as Editorial Director of Nature journals, being responsible for the management and editorial direction of applied sciences and chemistry, including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, Nature Biomedical Engineering, among others, and more recently Nature Food, Nature e Intelligence and Nature Computational Science. Erika is part of the Nature Research management team and is responsible for the development and implementationmof new editorial policies, practices and workflows.

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