UND chemical engineering professor to participate in U.S.-China workshop on combustion related to sustainable energy March 11-12 in China

University of North Dakota’s Wayne Seames, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering, will join a group of senior U.S. combustion researchers for a National Science Foundation-funded sustainable energy workshop in Hongzhoug, China.

This workshop is targeted to identify high-priority specific research objectives that can be pursued significantly better by collaborative U.S.-China research teams than by U.S. researchers and China researchers working separately.  At the workshop, U.S. and China researchers will identify collaborative research projects on combustion related to sustainable energy that are potentially fundable jointly by the U.S. NSF and the China NSF.

Four research themes of the workshop:

  • Global climate change considerations, such as reducing the emissions of greenhouse gas emissions through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), and switching to lower carbon or more carbon-neutral fuels
  • Other environmental impacts beyond climate change
  • Energy efficiency considerations
  • Sustainable fuel supply, which includes a transition to more renewable resources, but also new fossil-based resources (e.g. shale gas) and new approaches for using fossil resources in a more climate-friendly manner

China and the U.S. are the top two generators of CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel combustion. Consequently, U.S.-China collaborations on combustion and sustainable energy are essential for addressing a variety of global energy-related challenges, ranging from sustainable fuel supply to air quality, solid waste management and global warming.

Participants from each country are leading scholars in combustion including gasification, pyrolysis and related thermal processes. They will gain a broader perspective on global combustion and sustainable energy challenges, which they can incorporate into their teaching and research programs. The workshop will develop a network of collaborators well versed in key energy research questions for each of the participant countries.

The other U.S. participants: 

Arvind Atreya, professor of mechanical engineering, University of Michigan; Richard Axelbaum, Jens Professor of environmental engineering science and director of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, Washington University (St. Louis); Eric Eddings (organizer), professor of chemical engineering, associate dean for research, and director of the Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, University of Utah; Ahmed Ghoniem, Crane Professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Chung (Ed) Law, Goddard Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center, Princeton University.

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