FROM MOLECULAR TO APPLIED CATALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Basar Caglar, Assistant Professor
Energy System Engineering, Yasar University
Place: Department of Mechanical Engineering Seminar Room
Date: March 12, 2020 @10:00
Catalysis plays a vital role to realize a sustainable energy scenario, being involved in the processes of efficient biomass conversion and energy storage and conversion technologies. The research on catalysis requires a molecular-level analysis to understand the dynamic interaction between catalyst and reactants with a full characterization and a prosess-level analysis to evaulate catalyst performance. In this seminar, the potential of catalyst for a sustainable and low-carbon future will be discussed in broader context, i.e, from molecular- to process-level. In the first part, the decomposition of biomass-derived molecules on single metal surface will be investigated at molecular-level by using surface science tools. In the second part, the catalytic tar removal from gasification derived gas mixture and the electrochemical reforming of biomass-derived chemicals will be analyzed at process-level. At the end of the seminar, examples of new emerging energy techologies will be discussed in the context of energy-chemistry nexus.
He received his PhD in Eindhoven University of Technology from the Surface Science group, supervised by J.W. Hans Niemantsverdriet, in 2014. His research was on “Bond activation processes of biomass-derived molecules” for the fundamental understanding of catalytic biomass conversion on metal surfaces. After his PhD, he worked in a private company for the Marie-Curie project on developing a portable custom-designed fluorescence/SERS system and worked as a Post-doc researcher in Middle East Technical University for TUBİTAK 2232-Return to Country Research project on biomass gasification and post-cleaning. He has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Yasar University in 2016.