The Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability will be hosting a one day workshop on “Renewable Carbon” at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, September 21st , 2016, in ESB 1001.

Renewable Carbon Workshop Program

Carbon-based fuels continue to be our primary energy source in the 21st century, accounting for more than 80% of our total energy supply. This reality exists even in light of overwhelming evidence linking byproduct CO2 emissions to unprecedented rapid global climate change. Although at times polarizing, the role and impact of carbon on our society continues to be heavily discussed in the media, in politics, and within society at large. Organized through the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability, the Renewable Carbon Workshop is a free one-day event on the UCSB campus open to all and featuring scientific and policy presentations and discussions from both experts and students on topics related to carbon, such as recycling and converting CO2 to fuels, the use of biomass as alternative feedstocks to fossil fuels, the cost and impacts of our industrial carbon emissions, and the efficient communication and dissemination of carbon-related scientific information to the broader public. Please join us for an exciting day of discussion and learning. Registration is free.

Keynote lectures will be given by:

Johnathan HolladayPacific Northwest National Laboratory, CTI Lead,  
Energy and Environment Sector, Transportation Subsector Manager - Energy & Environment Directorate
"Recycling Waste Carbon to Distillate Fuels"
As a scientist, John has spent more than fifteen years in catalysis focused on condensed phase processing of renewable carbon for production of fuels and chemicals. These processes have led to 18 U.S. patents, numerous commercial licenses, including one practiced at the full commercial scale. At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) he is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of our transportation portfolio, which includes bioenergy, vehicles, and fuel cell technologies. John is active in co-managing multi-laboratory consortia, including co-leadership of EERE’s Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines cross-cut. 
As Associate Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis his role is to build on PNNL’s fundamental science base to help solve applied energy challenges. As a team we have focused our applied catalyst programs on production of distillate and mid-distillate fuels. The science focus is improving catalyst activity allowing for operation at lower processing temperatures and catalyst robustness allowing the conversion of carbon-rich waste streams, including complex wet sludges and aqueous oxygenates from industrial waste gasses, forest and agriculture residues. To further our focus on low temperature processing, beginning in 2016, he will be leading a new initiative at PNNL, with Johannes Lercher and Roger Rousseau that combines electrocatalysis and acid/base catalysis in novel reactor designs that address challenges in distributed carbon energy production. 
John has served as Chief Scientific Officer for the National Advanced Bio-fuels Consortium, Chief Operations Officer for the National Alliance for Biofuels and Bioproducts, and the Chair of the Organic 
Reactions Catalysis Society. ​

Matt Kanan, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University 
"Carbonate-Catalyzed Carbon Dioxide Utilization"
Matt Kanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stanford University. His research focuses on challenges in heterogeneous and molecular catalysis with an emphasis on developing scalable CO2 utilization technologies. His group has invented “grain-boundary-rich” heterogeneous electro-catalysts for CO2 reduction to liquid fuels and carbonate-promoted C–H carboxylation reactions for commodity carboxylic acid synthesis. Matt was recently named one of the Talented 12 by Chemistry and Engineering News (2015), received the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2014), and was named a Dreyfus Environmental Postdoctoral Mentor (2012). Prior to Stanford, Matt was an NIH Postdoctoral Researcher in inorganic chemistry at MIT and completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Harvard in 2005. Matt studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Rice University. ​

2016 Renewable Carbon Workshop Registration