Guest lecture: Biomass Systems Engineering and Thermochemical Processing in Arid Regions

Catherine E. Brewer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, New Mexico State University.

30.05.2017 | Patrick Biller

Dato tir 06 jun
Tid 10:15 12:00
Sted Room 417, building 417, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N

Biomass resources are available all around us and are frequently underutilized. These resources can come in the form of agricultural residues like pecan shells or cotton gin trash, forest residues, invasive species like tumbleweed and salt cedar, yard waste, organic materials and nutrients in wastewater, and even garbage on spacecraft. There are many opportunities to use these resources to meet our feed, water, and energy needs—with the right engineering. Thermochemical processes, namely pyrolysis, torrefaction, and hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), provide platforms to convert low-value materials into heat, power, liquid fuels, adsorbents, fertilizers, and soil amendments. In this presentation, Dr. Brewer will describe how a thermochemical biomass systems approach can be used to produce fully synthetic jet fuel, manage invasive species and forest waste, remove contaminants from ground water and soils, and improve the sustainability of biomass product industries.

Catherine “Catie” Brewer received a B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana U. of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources & Technology from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the Chemical & Materials Engineering faculty at New Mexico State University in 2013, she completed a postdoc at Rice University. She also serves as an affiliate faculty member for NMSU’s Water Science & Management program and is one of the instructors for the new Brewery Engineering program. Her research interests include waste biomass utilization, biochar, pyrolysis, torrefaction, hydrothermal liquefaction, renewable fuels, and sustainable agriculture.

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