Electrifying Chemistry: Using Excess Electricity to Produce Chemicals


【讲座题目】Electrifying Chemistry: Using Excess Electricity to Produce Chemicals 



【主 讲 人】剑桥大学ADRIAN C. FISHER 


ACF has active research groups located in Cambridge at The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise, (CREATE), Singapore and The Centre for Soft Matter, Beijing. Currently his group has 7 Research Fellows, 20 PhD Students and 4 Masters Students. Recent research interests have focused on the development of novel numerical, mathematical and experimental methodologies based on electrochemical interfacing with soft matter. Work has involved the development of new classes of optical, biological and electrochemical sensors. These devices allow the precise delivery of micro-litre quantities of soft matter to micro- or nano-array assembles where analysis may be performed. In parallel with experimental development work has also focused on the application of digital simulation procedures to permit quantification of device responses and allow computer-aided design of candidate reactor geometries. Early studies focused on the development of finite element based codes for examining properties within channel flow devices and more recently the computer aided design of analytical flow through detectors operating under microfluidic control. 


The growing availability of electrons from renewable sources and the advances in the storage and management of electricity either on or off grid has led to renewed opportunities for electrochemical methodologies which can exploit the ready supply of clean renewable ‘electrons’ for (bio)chemical conversions. Despite the recent dramatic re-emergence of interest in chemical synthesis using electrochemical methods, there remain many technological challenges and poor fundamental physical understanding on how to control these notoriously complex processes. 

The delivery of efficient localized solutions for on-demand chemical production requires; understanding and control of power generation, transmission, distribution, energy management and integration of advanced electrochemical conversion technologies.  All these factors must be designed, automated and integrated with the local building infrastructure. 

Our group which is based in University of Cambridge at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and also at the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise focuses on developing novel electrochemical synthesis and models to develop next generation chemical production techniques. In this talk we will look at some of the key bottle necks and challenges for the success development of next generation (bio)chemical synthesis.