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Multiscale catalysis understanding by modelling – From atoms to plants

 

Title of the lecture: Multiscale catalysis understanding by modelling – From atoms to plants

Lecturer: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar, last year's winner of the Pregl Award for outstanding achievements

When & Where: Monday, June 6, 2022 at 1.00 p.m., Great Lecture Hall (1st floor)

Abstract:

The future presents us with many difficult challenges related to the growth of the world population, the increase of the quality of life, but still the limited natural resources of the Earth.

Chemical process engineering experienced a rise with the rise of oil refining in early twentieth-century America. Today, engineering faces challenges related to the harvesting, conversion and storage of renewable energy, the capture, storage and use of carbon dioxide, and other sustainable sources such as biomass.

However, due to critical raw materials (eg electrolysis), constraints on thermodynamics (eg CO2) and recalcitrant changing composition (eg biomass), the challenges are not easy to solve, often requiring a fully integrated approach, from the atomic structure of catalysts to factories, ranging over several kilometers. On the other hand, the rise of computing power, digitalization and the deployment of digital twins allows us to solve, predict, and improve complex chemical conversions, from electrons to (bio)refineries, which is still in its infancy.

Examples of how abridged models can describe experimental conversions, as well as observations will be presented.

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The introductory word in the lecture will be given by prof. dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar, Vice President of the Scientific Council of the National Institute of Chemistry.

The lecture will be held in English.

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