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CBE Seminar - Dr. Paul Dauenhauer, University of Minnesota

Thursday, December 8, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am

Storrs Campus
Institute of Materials Science, Rm 20

New Approaches to Big Chemistry and Biomass

Thermochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass utilizes high temperature chemical decomposition to produce liquids via pyrolysis, solids via torrefaction, or gases via gasification which are subsequently converted to liquid biofuels or biochemicals. However, these systems are comprised of thousands of molecules and millions of chemical reactions within three phases, making them intractable by conventional research techniques. In this seminar, three new research techniques are introduced including PHASR (Pulse-Heated Analysis of Solid/Surface Reactions), the Universal Carbon Detector (UCD), and DRiSP (Diffuse Reflectance in situ Spectroscopy of Particles) which enable the first molecular-level measurements of the millisecond kinetics of complex reacting systems.

Refreshments will be served at 9:15 am.


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (primary), Chemistry Department, UConn Master Calendar

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