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Friday, 09 October 2020, 2:30

Friday, October 9, 2020. 2:30 PM. Webinar: Towards sustainable energy and environment:  carbon capture, utilization and storage. Alissa Park, Columbia University. Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Sciences. More information here


The atmospheric concentration of CO2 has naturally fluctuated on the timescales of ice ages. Concerns, however, stem from the recent dramatic increase in CO2 concentration, which coincides with global industrial development. This rise is mainly due to the high use of fossil fuels during power generation and chemical production. In order to meet the ever-increasing global energy demands while stabilizing the atmospheric CO2 level, the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies is one of the critical needs. A number of these technologies including carbon mineralization mimic how nature balances the carbon cycle. The continuing fundamental study on CO2 interactions with engineered materials and natural materials will accelerate the development of CCUS technologies targeting both zero carbon and negative carbon emissions.

Bio: A.-H. Alissa Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy. Her research focuses on sustainable energy and materials conversion pathways with emphasis on integrated Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies. Park group is also working on Direct Air Capture of CO2 and Negative Emission Technologies including BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). Park received a number of professional awards and honors including the U.S. C3E Research Award (2018), PSRI Lectureship Award at American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2018), American Chemical Society Energy and Fuels Division - Emerging Researcher Award (2018), American Chemical Society WCC Rising Star Award (2017), and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009). Park also led a number of global and national discussions on CCUS including the Mission Innovation Workshop on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (2017) and the National Petroleum Council CCUS Report (2019). She is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

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