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Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm
Energy Engineering Seminar Series
Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Building an Electrochemical Future: From Baseload Renewables to Electrified Industry
ABSTRACT: Energy is essential to modern society and the abundance, availability, and affordability of liquid fossil fuels has been a key driver of the past century’s progress. However, with continued growth in energy demand worldwide, there is an increasingly urgent need to decouple carbon emissions from economic activity without stifling development. Electrochemical processes are poised to play a pivotal role in the evolving global power system as the efficient interconversion of electrical and chemical energy can enable the deployment of sustainable technologies that support the decarbonization of the electric grid, power the automotive fleet, and offer new opportunities in chemical manufacturing. Meeting these emerging needs will require transformational advances in technology as the stringent performance, cost, and scale requirements cannot be met by many of today’s systems. Here, I will discuss the use of techno-economic modeling to inform research approaches in fundamental and applied electrochemistry with a particular emphasis on connecting system targets to materials property sets and on leveraging this knowledge to guide the exploration of new chemistries and reactor designs. Ultimately, I aim to describe an emerging opportunity space for electrochemical technologies and, hopefully, to inspire new ideas for future products and processes.
BIO: Fikile Brushett is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he holds the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair. He received his B.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. Prior to starting at MIT in 2013, he was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory.