SEMINAR: High-Rate Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide and Water into Solar Fuels

SEMINAR: High-Rate Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide and Water into Solar Fuels

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Dr. Youngun Chen
Sr. Research & Development Engineer, Phosphortech Corporation

Dr. Yongjun Chen was born at Dalian city in China. He is currently a Sr. Material Engineer at PhosphorTech Corporation, a famous U.S. company in the fields of photonic semiconductors and novel nano-materials for energy-efficient applications.

Dr. Chen received his Bachelor degree in Inorganic Chemical Engineering and Master degree in Chemical Engineering at the DalianUniversity of Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 2007. His Ph.D. dissertation was focused on sol gel synthesis of nanostructured photocatalytic films. Dr. Chen has extensive working experience in both academia and industries. He worked at the top Chinese academia as Assistant Research Professor and Associate Professor at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics and DalianUniversity of Technology, respectively. Dr. Chen also worked as Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of Cincinnati. Moreover, Dr. Chen worked as Senior Research Chemist, Senior Phosphor R&D Engineer, and Principal Research Scientist at several U.S. companies, including EverNu Technology, Intematix, and PhosphorTech Corporation.

 Dr. Yongjun Chen is an experienced scientific researcher with more than 15 years of working experience in the fields of energy, material, chemical and environmental engineering, particularly advanced materials and photocatalysis, electrochemical technologies, and design and construction of highly efficient reactor systems. Up to now, Dr. Chen has 69 publications in his fields, including 25 peer-reviewed journal papers, one book chapter, 40 conference papers and abstracts as well as 3 patents. The total citation of his work is above 1000 times. Because of his achievements on photocatalysis and electrochemical technologies, he has been invited as the Lead Guest Editor for a Special Issue of International Journal of Electrochemistry and the Lead Guest Editor for a Special Issue of International Journal of Photoenergy. In addition, Dr. Chen served as a Session co-chair on BIT’1st Annual World Congress of Nano-S&T, and a Member of International Organizing Committee of the 17th International Conference on Semiconductor Photocatalysis and Solar Energy Conversion. In addition, Dr. Chen was an invited reviewer of U.S. EPA SBIR proposals and many peer-reviewed international journals.

Seminar Abstract 

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Increased energy demand and tremendous CO2 greenhouse gas emission from fossil fuel combustion are stimulating scientists and engineers to develop novel technologies to figure out such energy and environmental problems in the world.  Using sunlight along with photo-catalyst materials to convert CO2 and H2O into solar fuels, such as hydrocarbon fuels, is a promising strategy for addressing all such issues in a cost-effective manner. In this presentation, firstly, solar energy driven photocatalysis will be reviewed. Secondly, some critical issues associated with using photocatalytic technology for solar fuels generation will be discussed. Finally, some new results with high solar fuels yield obtained from our photocatalytic and photoelectrochemcial systems will be presented.

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Feb 17, 2017 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm




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