‘‘Energy, Carbon, and Climate Change: What Role Does Technology Play in Making Things Better (or Worse)?,’’ is the title of the talk to be presented by Ryan P. Lively, associate professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Reducing the impacts of anthropogenic climate change can perhaps be described as the defining challenge of the 21st century. Despite major gains in the penetration of renewable electricity generation in developed economies, the rapid increase in global industrialization suggests that the future may require more fossil fuels than present day.
This emerging reality necessitates technology shifts in energy production and demands the utilization of carbon management techniques. CO2 capture from dilute sources (e.g., flue gases, air) and subsequent storage or conversion will play a key role in the carbon-constrained future. The low driving force for CO2 capture from these dilute streams has positioned adsorbent materials and adsorption technology as a leading approach for addressing this global challenge.
Recent developments in adsorption technology, advantages and disadvantages, and critical needs in this area of research will all be discussed.
A reception for Professor Lively begins at 4:10 p.m. in the Anderson Lounge, Wright Lab, second floor.