PNNL Lecture Series: Carbo-chemicals in the Circular Economy

November 20, 2020

PNNL Lecture Series: Carbo-chemicals in the Circular Economy

The Institute for Integrated Catalysis at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is organizing a series of six lectures with the focus on understanding and advancing catalytic chemistry for the upcycling of plastics. This critical area has become one of the fastest-growing branches in catalytic research.

In this series, we will focus on a broad range of chemistries that will include activation of carbon-carbon, carbon-hydrogen, and carbon-heteroatoms bonds relevant to plastic deconstruction, and on the prospects for the synthesis of renewable, biodegradable plastics. The goal is to stimulate discussion among catalysis experts with different expertise and to broaden our community's understanding of scientific challenges associated with the upcycling of plastics.

We have an outstanding lineup of speakers who will outline their scientific strategy, present their research, and set their work into the broader context of this critical area. Each lecture (approximately 45 minutes) will be followed by an extended discussion (up to 30 minutes) to allow ample time for questions and to stimulate dialog among the participants. The planned timeframe for the lectures is from October 20 through November 23, 2020, with one lecture per week.

In this webinar (the last of the series), Jean-Paul Lange, Professor of Sustainable Process Technology at University of Twente and Researcher for Royal Dutch Shell, will discuss the options to transform todays’ linear petrochemical industry into a circular ‘carbo’chemical industry by increasing the share of recycled plastic and renewable carbon (biomass and CO2) and by decreasing that of fossil resources, which need to be offset by CCS.