CO2 Capture and Conversion to Carbon-Neutral Chemicals and Fuels @ Online Zoom meeting
Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Energy and Fuel Division of the American Chemical Society presents

A technical seminar from Professor Chunshan Song


Capturing CO2 from flue gases and converting CO2 using H2 produced from H2O with renewable energy into carbon-neutral chemicals, materials, and fuels, is an important path for sustainable development. This presentation will discuss some new design approaches to CO2 capture/separation and catalytic CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels. One of the new approaches for CO2 capture is based on solid “Molecular Basket” sorbent (MBS) developed at the Pennsylvania State University. MBS consists of functional polymers and nano-porous materials which shows high selectivity to CO2 at high capacity and has been successfully demonstrated at pilot plant scale. Various new bimetallic catalysts and multi-functional catalysts and integrated reaction processes have been shown to be effective for the more selective conversion of CO2 to industrial chemicals and fuels including C2-C4 lower olefins, liquid hydrocarbon (gasoline, jet and diesel) fuels, methanol as well as aromatics. Methane and CO can also be readily produced with >95% selectivity to either one of these products if desired. More background and recent results are available in reviews from our teams on CO2 capture (Catal, Tod, 2006; Front, Energy Res. 2020), CO2 conversions to hydrocarbons (Adv. Catal. 2019) and methanol (Chem, Rev. 2021).

Dr. Chunshan Song is Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Fuel Science and Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University since July 2020.  His research interests focus on chemistry and catalysis for energy and fuels including CO2 separation and CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels; adsorptive, oxidative and catalytic processing of fuels; shape-selective catalysis; energy conversion; synthesis and application of nano-porous materials. He received a BS in chemical engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China, and his MS and PhD in applied chemistry from Osaka University in Japan. He has 440 refereed publications (with 33,500 citations and H-index of 86 in Google Scholar, Apr 2021), 8 patents, and 15 edited books. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, and has received the ACS George A. Olah Award, the ACS Henry H. Storch Award; the ACS Energy & Fuels Division’s Distinguished Researcher Award; Fulbright Distinguished Scholar; Herman Pines Award from the Catalysis Club of Chicago; the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award; Top Cited Author in Catalysis from Elsevier; Most Cited Author in Energy Science & Engineering and in Chemical Engineering, Global Alumni Fellow of Osaka University, and within Penn State, the Faculty Scholar Medal, Distinguished Professor, and Wilson Award for Excellence in Research.

Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd-CsqDsqHNXp5SABSz_YOa_XZnQvFQVL

If there are any questions, feel free to contact Dr. J. Louise Liu at jingbo.liu@tamuk.edu or jingbo.liu@tamu.edu


Speak up and Stand Out With Courage and Confidence @ Online Zoom meeting
Jul 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Please join us for a highly interactive discussion with the author of the Business Bible for Women: Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office. We will focus on how you can communicate crisply, clearly, and confidently without fear of being called the dreaded b-word! Topics covered include common mistakes made by “nice girls”, how to have difficult conversations, ways to make your voice heard with fewer words, how to set boundaries without saying “no”, how to handle bropriating, manterrupting and mansplaining and so much more! Dr. Frankel loves interacting with the audience so come prepared to ask your toughest communication questions!

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Zoom link to be shared with attendees the day of the event.

Our Distinguished Panelist:

Dr. Lois P. Frankel
President of Corporate Coaching International
Internationally recognized expert in the field of leadership development for women.

The event is FREE and open to the community. More information at: calacs.org or email mozafari.mina20@gmail.com

Choosing a PhD Program & an Advisor @ Online Zoom Event
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

A co-sponsored online event between ACS California Section and AWIS East Bay

The event will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session.

The decision to do a PhD is exciting, but can be overwhelming. Much appears to be at stake in where to attend and—more importantly—whom to choose as an advisor. In this seminar and discussion, Prof. Lipomi from UC San Diego will offer his thoughts on selecting a PhD program and an advisor who will give you the best chance of flourishing personally, professionally, and scientifically.

Prof. Darren J. Lipomi earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in physics as a Beckman Scholar at Boston University in 2005. He earned his PhD in chemistry at Harvard University in 2010, with Prof. George M. Whitesides. From 2010 – 2012, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Zhenan Bao at Stanford University. He is now a professor in the Department of NanoEngineering and Program in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. He also hosts a podcast, “Molecular Podcasting with Darren Lipomi” and associated YouTube channel (Darren_Lipomi) that together have nearly 10,000 subscribers. These venues serve as a resource to students, postdocs, and other early-career researchers. His research website is lipomigroup.org.

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Zoom link to be shared with attendees the day of the event.
The event is FREE and open to all.
More information at: calacs.org or email taheri@ucdavis.edu