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Carbon-Capture Symposium

November 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Please join us for a virtual webinar we are planning for November 30 and December 1 on carbon-capture.  This webinar will include leading researchers from UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, MIT, Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgia Tech, Ohio State University, Arizona State University, HY-TEK Bio, Verdox, and Mosaic Materials.  Several presentations will focus on carbon-capture technologies that are now at the point where scaling-up to mid-scale demonstration projects is the next developmental stage on the path to utility-scale solutions.  As such, some of the innovations that will be presented may benefit from a CO2 exhaust stream, for example from a co-generation plant, in a research university setting where the facilities engineers and faculty researchers can play a role in monitoring and evaluating a CC demonstration project.  I expect that a number of webinar participants will be from universities with CHP plants and an interest in helping to advance carbon-capture solutions that hopefully will prove scalable.


You may be curious about our interest in exploring and fostering carbon-capture technologies.  Many leading climate scientists believe that carbon-capture as well as energy de-carbonization may be essential to avoid 2 degree C. overshoot.  Moreover, we believe that speeding up, as well as attaining, carbon-free energy will not be a single-path solution, but rather a mosaic of technology and  infrastructure solutions that work in synergy to provide resilience and grid stability that will be increasingly critical as weather and seasonal extremes exacerbate the path to carbon-free energy.

In the spirit of bi-coastal collaboration on climate solutions, this virtual colloquium will be co-sponsored by the University of Maryland and the University of California, Irvine.  Presenters will include:


Shota Atsumi, Professor of Chemistry, UC Davis

Jack Brouwer, Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Environmental Engineering and Director of the UC Irvine Advanced Power and Energy Program and National Fuel Research Center

Liang-Shih Fan, Distinguished University Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University

Christopher W. Jones, William R. McLain Chair and Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech

Klaus Lackner, Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University and Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions

Jeffrey R. Long, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley and Co-Founder, Mosaic Materials

Robert “Bob” Mroz, Founder/CEO of HY-TEK Bio, a Baltimore tech startup that is operating a demonstration facility of Bob’s algae-based carbon-capture system

Edward S. Rubin, Alumni Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science; Professor of Engineering & Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering; Senior Fellow, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

Gaurav Sant, Professor of Engineering at UCLA

Sahag Voskian, Chemistry Department, MIT, and Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Verdox

Jenny Yang, UC Irvine Professor of Chemistry


We plan to allot ample time for Q&A (more than has been commonplace in recent webinars where one or two questions are possible per speaker).  If you are interested in registering for this virtual colloquium, please use this link:


November 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am
December 1, 2020 @ 5:30 pm