Week 3

conversion of biomass to fuel

Semester:

            This week’s chemistry seminar was about the selective conversion of biomass to fuel and useful chemicals. It was a presentation by Dr. Jason C Hicks from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. The presentation was on heterogeneous catalysis that can selectively remove the oxygen from biomass.

Selective Conversion of Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals

Semester:

As the world’s supply of non-renewable energy is depleted, it is imperative that we study and develop natural fuels from biomass to accommodate fuel needs. Petroleum resources are decreasing while raising environmental concerns and new cost effective biomass fuels are necessary to take place of crude fuels. This week, Dr. Jason Hicks from the University of Notre Dame, came to speak about his preliminary research on heterogeneous catalysts that may be used in the chemical conversion of biomass into fuels used for energy. The main goal of Dr.

Selective Conversion of Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals

Semester:

            This week’s chemistry seminar was on the topic of the Selective Conversion of Biomass to Fuels and Chemicals. The seminar was presented by Dr. Jason Hicks. Dr. Jason Hicks is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Through years of study and hard work him along with a battery of undergraduate students, graduate students, and other faculty have derived a series of catalysts which aid in the conversion of biomass to fuels. Dr. Hicks was engaging throughout his entire presentation.

Organ Regeneration

Semester:

This week in ChemSem the speaker Dr. Ryan King discuss his findings on his current project Molecular Mechanisms of Regeneration. The title of his presentation was “Planarian Protonephridia: A Model for Understanding Organ Regeneration for Understanding Organ Regeneration.” Dr. King is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madision where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Genetic. He is currently working as a post doctoral researcher at the University of Illinois.