Organizers: Joe Sagues, NC State University; Matteo Grattieri, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
The topic of “Electrosynthesis of Chemicals & Fuels” will be a forward thinking session for scientists and engineers to disseminate and critique innovative technologies that convert CO2 & other sustainable carbon resources into chemicals and fuels via electrochemical means. This session will bring together experts from two distinct, yet highly related fields: 1) microbial electrosynthesis and 2) catalytic electrosynthesis. The intention of this session is to exploit exciting synergies that exist between these two research areas, and to foster collaborations and future research directions in this highly multidisciplinary field,
The session will address multiple challenges present in the field of electrosynthesis. These challenges include, but are not limited to, 1) C-C bond formation for C2+ compounds, 2) electrochemical wiring of bacteria and high product selectivity, 3) energy efficient processes with low overpotentials, 4) improved mass transfer of gaseous substrates, and 4) techno-economic viability & commercialization. A diverse group of researchers will be invited to speak with backgrounds ranging from synthetic biology, electrochemistry, catalysis, and process engineering.