Clean Energy Special Interest Group
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Future Bio-refinery for Energy and Fuels

Date From: 23 August 2017
Description: The talk will focus on current technologies and future trends in biorefining, from a point of view of technological barriers, environmental concerns and economic pitfalls. The lecture will include a brief introduction to the challenges and goals of lignocellulosic biomass conversion.
Event Type: Webinar
Venue: Online

Time: 12:00-13:00 BST
Organiser: Clean Energy Special Interest Group

Biorefining is an important second generation process for the conversion of biomaterials to energy and chemical products, and will appeal to chemical engineers engaged in  gasification, the treatment of waste, and the production of zero and negative emission energy. This is the forth CESIG webinar on bioenergy - The previous webinars have attracted attendees (typically 150) from energy companies, consultants, utilities, and academia and government, and a good response from Australasia and the Middle East.

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Dr Jason Hallett is Reader in Sustainable Chemical Technology within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He did his degrees in the USA at the University of Maine and the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He currently leads a group of 7 postdocs and 20 PhD students with a focus on solvent design for reduced environmental impact in chemical processes. This has included the development of cost-effective designer solvents (ionic liquids) for large-scale applications, including metal extractions from several industrial waste streams (in oil refining, fuel processing, and waste oil). These solvents are lower cost than common organic solvents, and capable of targeted separations in a variety of industrial applications. He has published over 70 papers with an h-index of 30 (over 1000 citations) and 6 patents. He is the director of the Biorenewables stream of the Manufacturing Futures Lab and the IC Industrial Biotechnology Hub.


A one-hour online session: 40 minutes' presentation + 20 minutes' Q&A.
Duration (for CPD recording purposes): up to one hour.

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