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Seminar | Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division

Commercial Applications of Electrochemical Water Oxidation and Carbon Dioxide Reduction

CSE Seminar

Abstract: Innovations in catalysis relevant to generating fuel from renewable sources, such as carbon dioxide reduction catalysis and water oxidation catalysis, are frequently studied in research laboratories but rarely see economically feasible commercial application. We begin by discussing real-world opportunities and markets that can be accessed by using these technologies. This discussion will include specific examples of basic science-driven technology commercialization, including water oxidation catalysts that are used in refining facilities and an electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion system that is being scaled to commercial production of carbon-negative alcohols. Our findings identify pathways to implementation of electrochemical renewable fuel production technologies across diverse industries that have been underexplored until now, and we identify technological roadblocks that remain for economically viable implementation on larger scales.