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Harvesting Renewable Energy for Catalysis

December 9, 2019 from 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Alexander Navarrete
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


As part of the energy transition taking place, an increasing availability of renewable power is expected and therefore activating thermodynamically uphill conversions for synthesis of materials and fuels is a promising approach for the use of fluctuating surplus energy. In nature, this involves the conversion of thermodynamically stable molecules such CO2, water and nitrogen.

In this presentation the use of electromagnetic energy to activate such conversions will be discussed. Applications of microwaves, plasmas and light will be reviewed ant their principles presented.

The main “driving force” of this exposition is to explore the possibility of developing scalable, widely deployable technologies based on electromagnetic energy as a bridge strategy to connect catalytic processes and a renewable resources.



Dr. Alexander Navarrete is leader of reaction engineering at the KIT-PlasmaLab of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. His education on microwave energy applications to processes include training in The University of Nottingham and his PhD in the University of Valladolid, Spain. In TU Delft as postdoctoral researcher he developed the first microwave plasmas experience of this institute creating a biomass gasification process rewarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Extending the applications of electromagnetic activation of processes he conceptualized, proposed and demonstrated a novel reactor concept that harvest light energy to locally “heat” the catalysts using plasmon resonance.

His research is focused on the integration of renewable energy and catalysis for the production and conversion of energy carriers. Using electromagnetic energy as the interphase between chemistry and renewable resources. His main aim is to contribute to stablish the fundamentals of this original topic for a future sustainable chemical industry.


December 9, 2019
2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


Center for Composite Materials, Room 106
101 Academy Street
Newark, DE United States