School Seminar: Dr Jessica Allen, University of Newcastle
Wednesday, 11 October 11:00am – 12:00pm
This seminar will be delivered in Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4
Speaker: Dr Jessica Allen, University of Newcastle
Host: Dr Kaye Kang
Title: Electrochemical technologies: A paradigm shift in energy and manufacturing
Abstract: Electrochemical technologies are crucial in a carbon constrained world, and are central to the effective use of renewable energy technologies. Critical electrochemical systems include batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and electrolysers. These allow for a complete reimagining of how energy is used and stored compared to our current fossil fuelled system. In this talk, the potential application of a number of electrochemical systems powered by renewable energy inputs is discussed including molten salt electrolysis for carbon capture and transformation, electrochemical ammonia, green methanol and green steel. The sustainable manufacture of materials for electrochemical systems will also be discussed since these are essential for meaningful movement towards truly zero, or even negative, emission systems.
Bio: Dr Jessica Allen is currently leading the Electrochemical Engineering Laboratory at the University of Newcastle. A Senior Lecturer in chemical engineering and a DECRA fellow, Dr Allen has a multidisciplinary background spanning chemistry and engineering and has spent time in industry as a professional engineer. She is passionate about technology development and science communication and believes both are critical in the fight against catastrophic climate change.