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Sorin Bunea and Rose Sharifian are awarded the Faculty of Impact grant from NWO

Of all scientific discoveries, only a small part reaches the market. In many cases, this is due to a lack of experience and knowledge needed to set up a commercial organisation. The Faculty of Impact was founded to ensure that scientific research is also used to tackle social issues and realise economic growth. Ten candidates will start in the unique first batch of Faculty of Impact, an initiative of the Dutch Universities, Techleap and the Netherlands Research Council (NWO). Within the Faculty of Impact, the ten selected researchers with entrepreneurial ambitions will receive two years of intensive and personal guidance from experts in the field of entrepreneurship, intellectual property and investments. During this period, they will retain (or be granted) an appointment at their own university, but will be exempt from administrative and teaching obligations. This gives them time and space to concentrate on bringing their invention to the market. A festive kick-off takes place on 31 May during Teknowlogy 2022. Register yourself using the button below. Sorin Bunea - Sustainable ammonia synthesis powered by renewable electricity We recently invented a highly efficient continuous electrochemical ammonia synthesis process from gaseous nitric oxide. This project aims at demonstrating the technology under commercially-relevant conditions, evaluating economic viability and developing future solutions for decentralized, CO 2 emission-free production process of ammonia which is the primary ingredient for fertilizers and a promising liquefiable chemical energy carrier. Effects of feed composition, materials/process stability and scale-up feasibility will be studied, and a thorough techno-economic analysis will be performed. Sorin Bunea Rose Sharifian - SeaO2: turning carbon capture from seawater into business To mitigate climate change, CO 2 capture from the environment is inevitable. Electrochemical CO 2 capture methods have high potential thanks to their green chemistry and their native fit in a transition towards renewable electricity. Among electrochemical carbon capture methods, particularly, using bipolar membrane electrodialysis (BPMED) for oceanic carbon capture is promising as it does not produce/require any harmful chemicals, needs no regeneration, and our profound experience allows us to rapidly upscale this process. The capture products, CO 2 (g) and/or CaCO 3 (s), provide an opportunity to commercialise as green feedstock in the food industry, greenhouses, synthetic fuels, etc, while providing a circular carbon economy. Rose Sharifian Read more See all ten research projects Register for launch

e-Refinery Symposium

e-Refinery Symposium The e-Refinery Symposium took place on March 14 and 15. The symposium was organized to discuss our common interests in scalable electrochemical technologies, with a centred discussion on the interaction between the e-Refinery infrastructures and the needs of the industry. From CO2 to Plastics and Laptops Day one Day two Recordings Poster sessions From CO2 to Plastics and Laptops Next to the generating power and heat, fossil fuels (hydrocarbons) also serve as feedstocks in all kinds of industrial processes, ultimately providing society with plastics, laptops, televisions – tangible things that can’t be made with green electricity alone. CO 2 conversion by means of electrocatalysis is where renewable energy meets renewable feedstocks meets CO 2 emission reduction. ‘Our world is based on carbon,’ says Tom Burdyny. ‘And the only way to replace carbon renewably is by converting captured CO 2 .’ One way to do that is the so-called reverse water-gas-shift reaction, in which CO 2 and hydrogen are converted into carbon monoxide and water. You can then use carbon monoxide and hydrogen to create a large variety of hydrocarbons and compounds containing oxygen. But this is not as good a solution as industry would want. Electrocatalytic conversion of CO 2 is a promising alternative in that it allows the direct production of multi-carbon compounds such as ethylene. Read the article Large Scale Storage Labs ESP lab 24/7 & H 2 facilities of the Green Village Electrochemical Flow Systems Microbial Electrochemistry & CO 2 Electrolysis Recordings Day 1 Recordings Day 2 Password for both recordings: e-Refinery Poster sessions "A great social event that connects scientists and industry working on different electrochemical aspects. I am glad I had the opportunity to share our work with this enthusiastic audience." Davide Ripepi "The poster sessions during the e-refinery symposium were really interesting. There were people from different backgrounds, working on different aspects of sustainability, such as chemical synthesis, process modelling, techno-economic analysis, scale-up, etc. I believe the symposium provided a great platform for inter-disciplinary interaction and sharing of knowledge that is necessary for the transition towards a sustainable future." Asvin Sajeev Kumar
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