INMA Impulso: Elena Gálvez

INMA Impulso Seminar: Plasma-assisted processes for the production & utilization of energy carriers – María Elena Gálvez

On Wednesday 15 May will take place a new session of the INMA Impulse lecture series, a series of conferences that seeks to bring the most cutting-edge research to society.

The next session entitled: “Plasma-assisted processes for the production & utilization of energy carriers” will be given by Prof. María Elena Gálvez, from the Aragon Nanoscience and Materials Institute, INMA, a joint institute of the CSIC and the University of Zaragoza.

Summary of the talk: Plasmas are basically ionized matter. In the last years, their use in chemical processes has been considered as a pathway for electrification and intensification, since they can be generated using renewable electricity and can lead to a substantial increase in product yield/efficiency. Comprising a complex mixture of free electrons, charged ions and neutral species, plasmas have been also successfully used in combination with catalytically active solid surfaces. However, these plasma-catalytic processes are still at a very early stage of development and the mysteries behind the synergy need to be unveiled. Plasma-assisted and plasma-catalytic processes can moreover play a key role in our transition to a carbon-neutral future. They have been applied to sluggish and highly energy-demanding reactions leading to the synthesis of chemical energy carriers such as CH4 and NH3, together with their utilization for delocalized hydrogen and or electricity energy generation (on-demand). In this seminar, the importance of tailoring the physicochemical and dielectric properties of the catalyst used in plasma-assisted processes will be highlighted. The type and features of the plasma used in these processes, the reactor design and the transport phenomena involved, are as well essential aspects that must be considered in view of a future scale up and towards the practical implementation of plasma-assisted processes.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 15 May at 12 noon in the Sala de Grados of the Faculty of Science of the University of Zaragoza.


Announcing poster


May 15 2024


12:00 - 13:00

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