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ChemCatBio hosts free webinars throughout the year. Advanced registration is required to receive a URL to view the webinars online. Find information about future and previous webinars below.

Upcoming Webinars

Technology Options for Catalytically Upgrading Biochemically Derived Intermediates from Lignocellulosic Biomass Feedstocks to Advanced Biofuels and Chemical Co-Products

Coming in Q1 2019

Past Webinars

Simulation and Modeling of Bioenergy Conversion from the Atomic to Process Scales

November 14, 2018
In this webinar, Peter Ciesielski and Seonah Kim from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Jim Parks from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, highlighted modeling activities in the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC), a research project in ChemCatBio focused on accelerating catalyst discovery and enabling scale-up of new catalyst innovations in bioenergy. At the atomic scale, density functional theory calculations are used to guide experimental researchers and provide fundamental knowledge on binding energies and active catalyst sites. The meso scale models capture catalyst particle effects including mass transfer, heat transfer, and coking. Finally, process scale models are employed to understand conversion in reactors of various designs to enable scale up and prediction of optimal control conditions. View the recording and download the presentation slides.

CatCost: An Estimation Tool to Aid Commercialization and R&D Decisions for Catalytic Materials

September 26, 2018
In this webinar, Kurt Van Allsburg and Frederick Baddour from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discussed CatCost, a catalyst cost estimation tool that has been developed to aid accurate estimation of catalyst costs early in catalyst development. CatCost incorporates industry standard estimation methods into a user-friendly spreadsheet and web tool to be distributed online free-of-charge. The presentation detailed the methods used by CatCost, validation using commercially available materials, and pre-commercial estimate examples. The webinar provided a tutorial walkthrough of CatCost to present decision-making use cases in catalyst R&D and commercialization. View the recording and download the presentation slides.

Accelerating the Catalyst Development Cycle: Integrating Predictive Computational Modeling, Tailored Materials Synthesis, and in situ Characterization Capabilities through the ChemCatBio Consortium

June 27, 2018
In this webinar, ChemCatBio principal investigators Susan Habas, Kinga Unocic, and Theodore Krause shared a video to highlight transition metal carbides as a class of materials that has the potential to meet the advanced catalyst goals of low cost and superior performance under severe conditions. The video demonstrated how the integration of predictive computational modeling, tailored materials synthesis, and in situ characterization capabilities within the ChemCatBio Consortium is accelerating the development of these complex but promising catalysts. View the recording.

Linking Catalyst and Process Development with Techno-Economic Analysis in the Conversion of Biomass to High-Octane Gasoline

March 7, 2018
In this webinar, Dan Ruddy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discussed how techno-economic analysis of the conversion of biomass-derived synthesis gas into hydrocarbons can be used to direct catalyst development research to target specific performance advancements, and similarly, how performance improvements affect the resulting economic viability of the process. View the recording and download the presentation slides.

Overview of the Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium: Enabling Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts through Catalysis

December 6, 2017
In this webinar, Josh Schaidle of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provided an overview of the ChemCatBio consortium, highlighted recent advancements in production of biofuels and bioproducts enabled by the consortium, and discussed opportunities for engaging with ChemCatBio. View the recording and download the presentation slides.