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  • Nov
    15

    EES Seminar: Patricio Carnelli

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    A Tale of Two Lignins: Obtaining Chemicals and Resins from Undervalued Biomass

    In a world fighting against climate change and looking for sustainable, renewable-sourced processes, obtaining resources from (waste) biomass is at the same time a goal and a challenge. In this context, comes lignin: a tridimensional, amorphous, and complex biopolymer that accounts for 30 % of all plant biomass (second most abundant after cellulose). It is no surprise that lignin has been the focus of intensive research over the past hundred years. Nowadays, there are several treatments available that yield a wide variety of products from lignin, mainly aromatic compounds, used as fuel or chemical precursors. These treatments are usually energy-intensive, making use of high temperature and pressure, and involving often expensive catalysts. As an alternative, we are developing an integrated process that makes use of the effluent from a microbial electrolysis cell for wastewater treatment, at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. With this high-pH, phosphate-rich effluent we reached up to 80 % conversion from solid lignin into soluble aromatic compounds, which can be used as they are obtained, or further functionalized, to deliver valuable chemicals. We also showed that from the remnant, partially-depolymerized solids it is possible to obtain lignin-phenol-formaldehyde resins for engineered woods. In this talk I will guide you through this tale of two lignins: an undervalued biopolymer burned or considered as waste, but also a great source of renewable products without competing with food reserves.

    Biography
    Patricio Carnelli is currently working as a postdoc in the Gray Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. His broad area of study is resource recovery and waste valorization, focused specifically in mild depolymerization of lignin to produce aromatics and resins. Previously, after realizing he did not have a chance as a professional soccer player, he received a MSc in physics from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA, 2009) and a PhD in Physics from the National University of San Martín (UNSAM, 2014), both in Argentina. For his PhD research he spent two years working at the Physics Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Environmental Research and Engineering (3iA) at UNSAM, where he is planning to return to hold his recently-obtained permanent position.

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    TIME Friday, November 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Nov
    20

    SPREE Seminar: Chloé Arson

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    11:00 AM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Nov
    22

    EES Seminar: Paul Roots

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, November 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Nov
    27

    Thanksgiving vacation begins 6 p.m.

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    TIME Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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  • Nov
    28

    Thanksgiving Day

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    TIME Thursday, November 28, 2019

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  • Dec
    2

    Fall Classes resume 8 a.m.

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    TIME Monday, December 2, 2019

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  • Dec
    3

    Our Future with Robots

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    3:30 PM ITW classroom, 1-350, Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center

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    TIME Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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  • Dec
    6

    EES Seminar: Fangqiong Ling

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2:00 PM A230, Technological Institute

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    TIME Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Dec
    6

    EES Seminar: Fangqiong Ling

    McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering

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    TIME Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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  • Dec
    7

    Fall classes end

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    TIME Saturday, December 7, 2019

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  • Dec
    9

    Fall examinations begin

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    TIME Monday, December 9, 2019

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  • Dec
    14

    Winter Break Begins

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    TIME Saturday, December 14, 2019

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  • Dec
    14

    Northwestern Engineering PhD Hooding and Master's Recognition Ceremony

    McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

    4:00 PM Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

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    TIME Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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  • Dec
    26

    Winter Recess - University Closed

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    TIME Thursday, December 26, 2019

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  • Dec
    27

    Winter Recess - University Closed

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    TIME Friday, December 27, 2019

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  • Dec
    30

    Winter Recess University Closed

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    TIME Monday, December 30, 2019

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  • Dec
    31

    New Year's Eve

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    TIME Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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  • Jan
    1

    New Year's Day

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    TIME Wednesday, January 1, 2020

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  • Jan
    6

    Winter Classes begin 8 a.m.

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    TIME Monday, January 6, 2020

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