Carbon reuse and transforming emissions – CO2 to products

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25 Nov 2020 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Join us for the third of a four-part Webinar series on the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership.

Focused on the Carbon Capture, Conversion and Utilisation Research Theme of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, this webinar was joined by panel members Dr Jitendra Joshi (Principal Scientist for New Energy at Woodside Energy, Woodside Energy), Associate Professor Victoria Haritos (Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University) and Professor Jennifer Wilcox (Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania). As a shared challenge across all industry sectors, the panel discussed opportunities for carbon reuse through the capture, conversion and utilisation of CO2 into value-added products, where technical and policy considerations will be discussed.

Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale (Carbon Theme Leader for the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership at Monash University), hosted the event.

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Meet the host

Associate Professor Akshat Tanksale
Carbon Theme Leader, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, Monash University

A/Prof Akshat Tanksale completed his PhD at The University of Queensland in 2008 examining nanomaterials / chemical reaction engineering. This was followed by a postdoctoral position at UQ examining the conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and chemicals and hydrogen storage. Joining Monash University in 2011, A/Prof Tanksale leads the Catalysis for Green Chemicals group where his interest is in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for conversion of CO2 and biomass into fuels and chemicals using nanomaterials as catalysts. A/Prof Tanksale is a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the winner of the 2018 Caltex Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering.

Meet the speakers

Jitendra Joshi

Dr Jitendra Joshi
Principal Scientist at Woodside Energy

Jitendra’s responsibilities at Woodside include formulation of strategy for converting CO2 to useful products, improving the performance efficacy of Hydrogen generation. Jitendra’s strength in Systems Engineering allows Woodside energy to implement innovative ways of combining biological and thermo-chemical pathways to have a diverse options to realize the full commercial potential of CO2 utilization and Hydrogen production. Previously, Dr. Joshi was the Lead for Technology Integration in the Advanced Exploration Systems Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at NASA. He has over two decades of Science and Technology project management experience with leadership roles that include formulating, executing scientific research and technology development projects. He also been instrumental in short- and long-term strategic planning, coordination of research across government agencies along with internal and external community engagement.

Victoria Haritos

Associate Professor Victoria Haritos
Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University

Associate Prof. Victoria Haritos research brings together biology and engineering to address future manufacturing needs. She is interested in discovering and designing enzymes for specific and fast reactions as isolated bio-catalysts. In addition, she is researching the metabolic engineering and systems biology of cells in culture the underlying reasons behind their heterogeneity and how this can be modified – using our recently installed high throughput culture and single cell analysis facility. Using bio-catalysts at different scales; the simplest scale being the isolated enzyme to the most complex such as a self-replicating cell. Each approach has their benefits and disadvantages. The cheapest and easiest to implement is an isolated bio-catalysts but these have limited capacity for product formation and processing. At the other extreme, whole cells have complex biochemical pathways to consider and require approaches like metabolic engineering or synthetic biology to streamline and improve production of selected metabolites.

Jennifer Wilcox

Professor Jennifer Wilcox
Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at University of Pennsylvania

Professor Jennifer Wilcox is the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute. Professor Wilcox's research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society's dependence on fossil fuels. Her work carefully examines the role of carbon management and opportunities therein that could assist in preventing 2°C warming by 2100. She has served on a number of committees including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society to assess carbon capture methods and impacts on climate. She is the author of the first textbook on carbon capture, published in March 2012.

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Ms Nancy Van Nieuwenhove
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