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W. N. Lacey Lectureship in Chemical Engineering

Thursday, February 16, 2012
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)
Strategies for catalytic conversion of biomass to hydrogen and liquid hydrocarbon fuels (general lecture)
James A. Dumesic, Steenbock Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison,
Environmental and political issues created by our dependence on fossil fuels, such as global warming and national security, combined with diminishing petroleum resources are causing our society to search for new renewable sources of energy and chemicals. We will introduce strategies for catalytic conversion of biomass-derived carbohydrates to produce H2 and CO2 for fuel cell applications, to generate H2 and CO for synthesis gas applications, or to produce liquid alkanes for transportation fuels. We will also present a cascade catalytic process for conversion of cellulose to gasoline or jet fuel, passing through the intermediate formation of levulinic acid and g-valerolactone.
For more information, please contact Martha Hepworth by phone at 2423 or by email at [email protected].