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Catalysts Webinar | Plasma-Catalysis for Environmental and Energy-Related Applications

Part of the Catalysts Webinar Series series
18 Jun 2021, 16:00

Catalysis, Non-thermal Plasma, Plasma-catalyst Interaction, Modeling, Emission Control, Clean Hydrogen Production
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Welcome from the Chair

10th Catalysts Webinar

Plasma-Catalysis for Environmental and Energy-Related Applications

Plasma catalysis has been a topic of research for many years due to its potential for applications in a wide range of chemical, environmental, and energy-related processes. Although non-thermal plasma offers an unconventional way to initiate chemical reactions in gas and in liquid, it suffers from low selectivity. The coupling of plasma with catalysis can steer the reactions in the desired direction, thus providing improved selectivity and reducing unwanted by-products. Recently, significant research efforts have been devoted to explaining the mechanisms of plasma catalyst interaction; however, the present understanding still leaves open questions related to the complex phenomena involved in plasma catalysis.

In the first lecture of this webinar, Professor Annemie Bogaerts will discuss about modeling as a way to obtain better insight in the underlying mechanisms of plasma catalysis, in the talk entitled “Plasma catalysis: A better understanding by modeling the plasma and plasma-catalyst interactions”.

The second lecture, given by Professor Chris Hardacre and entitled “Non thermal plasma catalysis for emission control and clean hydrogen production”, will discuss environmental and energy applications of plasma catalysis.

Date: 18 June 2021

Time: 4:00pm CEST | 10:00am EDT | 10:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 844 1912 9551

Webinar Secretariat: catalysts.webinar@mdpi.com

Chair

Department of Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania

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Bio
Monica Magureanu graduated in 1996 from the Faculty of Physics in the University of Bucharest (Romania), received her MSc degree in 1997 from the same University and her PhD in 2002 from the University of Greifswald (Germany). Since 1996 she is employed in the National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP) in Bucharest and since 2008 she is scientific researcher 1st degree in NILPRP, Department for Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion. Her research activities are mainly related to experimental investigations of non-thermal plasma for various applications, such as water treatment (i.e. the degradation of organic contaminants in water), plasma agriculture (seed treatment), plasma-catalysis for the oxidation of volatile organic compounds in air, plasma treatment of materials.

Invited Speakers

Research group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp Campus Drie Eiken, Wilrijk-Antwerp, Belgium

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Annemie Bogaerts obtained her PhD diploma at the University of Antwerp in 1996, and is professor since 2003, and full professor since 2012, at the University of Antwerp. She is the head of the research group PLASMANT, which she started “from scratch”, and which currently counts almost 50 members. Her research focuses on plasma chemistry, plasma reactor design and plasma-surface interactions, both by experiments and modeling, for various applications, but mostly for environmental/energy applications (green chemistry, gas conversion, plasma catalysis) and medical applications (cancer treatment). In the field of gas conversion, she focuses on the conversion of small molecules, like CO2, CH4 and N2, into value-added chemicals and renewable fuels, by plasma and plasma catalysis, and tries to understand the underlying mechanisms by modeling. She has about 500 peer-reviewed publications since 1995, and above 17,000 citations, with a H-index of 62 (Web of Science). Furthermore, she has more than 150 invited lectures at international conferences (since 1998) and more than 60 invited seminars at universities/institutes (since 1995), in various countries. She was the supervisor of 42 finished PhD theses (since 2005). She is the recipient of more than 20 scientific awards, and in 2019, she obtained a prestigious ERC Synergy Grant on plasma catalysis, with G. Centi, V. Hessel and E. Rebrov.

Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

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Chris Hardacre is Head of the School of Natural Sciences and a member of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. He obtained a PhD from Cambridge University in 1994 and moved to Queen’s University, Belfast in 1995 and was appointed as Professor of Physical Chemistry and became Director of Research of the Centre for the Theory and Application for Catalysis in 2003. In 2016, he moved to the University of Manchester. Through his work in ionic liquids research, he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Encouraging Innovation Award with Merck Chemicals Ltd and was part of the team to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education and in 2013 was the inaugural winner of the IChemE’s Andrew Medal for catalysis. His group has strong research interests in catalysis and ionic liquids. Current catalytic projects range from water gas shift and emission control catalysis using thermal and plasma activation to the use of transients to determine gas and liquid phase reaction mechanisms to liquid phase hydrogenations under batch and flow conditions to low temperature fuel cells and clean energy conversion. His research in ionic liquids includes their use in modifying the properties of heterogeneous catalysts, structural determination of ionic liquids, and species dissolved therein, electrochemistry and prediction of physical properties of ionic liquids.

Webinar Content

On Friday 18 June 2021, MDPI and the Journal Catalysts organized the 10th webinar, entitled "Plasma-Catalysis for Environmental and Energy-Related Applications".

The introduction was held by the Chair of the webinar, Dr. Monica Magureanu, from the Department of Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania. Her research activities are mainly related to experimental investigations of non-thermal plasma for various applications, such as water treatment (i.e. the degradation of organic contaminants in water), plasma agriculture (seed treatment), plasma-catalysis for the oxidation of volatile organic compounds in air, plasma treatment of materials.

The first speaker to quick off this webinar was Prof. Dr. Annemie Bogaerts, from Research group PLASMANT, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp Campus Drie Eiken, Wilrijk-Antwerp, Belgium. The presentation was entitled “Plasma Catalysis: A Better Understanding by Modeling the Plasma and Plasma-Catalyst Interactions”. Her research focuses on plasma chemistry, plasma reactor design and plasma-surface interactions, both by experiments and modeling, for various applications, but mostly for environmental/energy applications (green chemistry, gas conversion, plasma catalysis) and medical applications (cancer treatment).

The second presentation with the title "Non Thermal Plasma Catalysis for Emission Control and Clean Hydrogen Production" was held by Prof. Dr. Chris Hardacre, from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. His research in ionic liquids includes their use in modifying the properties of heterogeneous catalysts, structural determination of ionic liquids, and species dissolved therein, electrochemistry and prediction of physical properties of ionic liquids.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A and a discussion, moderated by the Chair. The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Catalysts, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Dr. Monica Magureanu

Chair Introduction

4:00–4:05 pm

Prof. Dr. Annemie Bogaerts

Plasma Catalysis: A Better Understanding by Modeling the Plasma and Plasma-Catalyst Interactions

4:05–4:35 pm

Prof. Dr. Chris Hardacre

Non Thermal Plasma Catalysis for Emission Control and Clean Hydrogen Production

4:35–5:05 pm

Q&A Session

5:05-5:25 pm

Closing of Webinar

Dr. Monica Magureanu

5:25-5:30 pm

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Plasma-Catalysis for Environmental and Energy-Related Applications
Guest Editors: Dr. Monica Magureanu & Dr. Corina Bradu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021

Catalysts in Transportation, Storage and Energy Systems
Guest Editors: Dr. Francesco Fornarelli, Prof. Dr. Marco Torresi, Prof. Dr. Sergio Camporeale & Prof. Vinicio Magi
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021

Exhaust Gas Control Catalysis
Guest Editors: Dr. Nobutaka Maeda & Dr. Shuichi Naito
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021

UV/Vis/NIR Photocatalysis and Optical Properties
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Da‐Ren Hang
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021

Irradiation-Driven Process Intensification in Heterogeneous Catalysis
Guest Editors: Dr. Ignacio Julian & Dr. Carlos J. Bueno-Alejo
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021

Catalytic Process Intensification for Green Chemistry
Guest Editors: Dr. Giuseppe Bagnato & Prof. Dr. Fausto Gallucci
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021

Photocatalysts for Treatment and Detoxification of Water and Wastewater
Guest Editor: Dr. Bożena Czech
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2021

Unconventional Catalysis: Recent Trends and Prospects
Guest Editors: Dr. Marta Amaral Andrade & Prof. Dr. Luísa Margarida Martins
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021

Advancements in Non-Thermal Plasma Catalysis Processes
Guest Editors: Dr. Benoît Cagnon & Dr. Olivier Aubry
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021

Photoelectrocatalysis for Sustainable Environment: Green Technology Advances in the Water-Energy-Climate Nexus
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Sergi Garcia-Segura, Prof. Dr. Enric Brillas & Prof. Dr. Omotayo A. Arotiba
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021

In-Situ Characterization of Heterogeneous Catalysts for Pollution Control
Guest Editors: Dr. Zixian Jia & Prof. Dr. De-Zheng Yang
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022


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