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EECE Seminar - Fabio H. Ribeiro

Friday, November 17, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Uncas A. Whitaker Hall, Room 100
6760 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA

Fabio H. Ribeiro
W. Nicholas and Elizabeth H. Delgass Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering
Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)
Purdue University

Energy Transition: The Challenge of Our Century

Abstract: An undeniable global transition from fossil fuels to renewables is accelerating development of technologies that do not rely on heat. Such a dramatic change has urgent implications for Engineering and in particular Chemical Engineering.  We need to focus on a few areas: The Engineering curriculum is currently based on assumptions of fossil fuel-driven power. We have under-emphasized preparing our students and reskilling our alumni to lead as sociotechnical engineers in a clean energy economy.  The U.S. research and development funds are increasingly spent in energy transition and an energy-focused infrastructure is necessary to compete for these funds.  Companies across the value chain are focused on addressing cost and technology challenges in the clean energy transition and university partners will have a large role to play. Our energy transition efforts are focused in the NSF Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources, CISTAR, a dynamic public-private partnership that is resourced to develop, demonstrate, and accelerate the adoption of next-generation, basic technologies and approaches for the decarbonization of U.S. industry, in particular the chemical and refining sectors.  Such breakthrough technologies are developed to be application agnostic and able to be tailored for implementation across all industry sectors.  This will increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness—and national prosperity—by delivering process innovations that are far more efficient and cost-effective while decreasing waste and emissions for manufactured products. 

Bio: Fabio H. Ribeiro is currently the W. Nicholas and Elizabeth H. Delgass Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering and Director of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on the Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) at the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University.  The nationwide CISTAR is a successful five-university and 32 industry partner collaboration to develop transformative technological innovations in catalysis, separations, and process enhancements and build a new diverse and innovative workforce to responsibly realize U.S. shale gas potential in reducing carbon footprints. His research, with over 165 publications in scholarly journals, is in the field of catalysis and reaction engineering and is characterized by technical expertise in understanding and applying the principles of chemical reaction kinetics and of in situ and operando characterization tools. Ribeiro is also passionately engaged in leveraging these findings, together with the CISTAR team, to solve the problem of our century: Energy Transition. Ribeiro served as the editor for the Journal of Catalysis and the chair for the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division.  He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His achievements have been noted with many honors.

Event Type

Seminar/Colloquia

Schools

McKelvey School of Engineering

Topic

Science & Technology

Department
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Event Contact

moniquespears@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Fabio H. Ribeiro
W. Nicholas and Elizabeth H. Delgass Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering
Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR),
Purdue University

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