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Materials Science Distinguished Lecture Series
September 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mines, NREL and NIST present Advanced Materials for a New Carbon Economy
Dr. Sarah Baker, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
To maintain a safe climate for future generations, we need to eliminate net CO2 emissions by mid-century, and remove nearly 50 gigatons of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere by century’s end. The ability to collect, move, and react or store any material at this scale, let alone a challenging material like dilute, low energy density gas, is unprecedented in human history. To facilitate this draw-down, we need to develop technologies that can transform greenhouse gasses from waste streams into feedstocks for chemicals, fuels, and structural materials. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), we are focused on leveraging advances in 1) inexpensive and abundant renewable energy 2) LLNL core competencies in advanced materials and manufacturing 3) computational simulation and design optimization to create materials and processes for capturing andconverting greenhouse gasses, enabling CO2 storage and CO2-based products.
My talk will highlight LLNL’s ongoing projects, as part of our Director’s Carbon Initiative, which leverage advanced manufacturing and high-performance computing to improve carbon capture kinetics, biocatalytic and biological processes for carbon utilization, and electrocatalytic carbon dioxide conversion. Additionally, I will highlight our systems level analysis of technologies that are available today that can be leveraged for negative emissions.