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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

 
  • 29Jul

    Speaker: Professor Manish Chhowalla (Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy)

    In this bp-ICAM webinar, Professor Manish Chhowalla of the University of Cambridge will describe the catalytic activity from metallic phases of two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). He will briefly describe how the different phases of 2D materials and their catalytic properties and then discuss notable results. Over the past ten years, his group has shown that metallic phases of MoS2 and WS2 are good catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction because of good charge transfer and reaction kinetics. During their research they have also learned that strain in 2D TMDs plays a crucial role in their catalytic performance, and that sulphur vacancies are active sites for the hydrogen evolution reaction. Recent results will be discussed, including the measurement of the catalytic activity of sulphur vacancies.

     

    About Manish Chhowalla
    Manish Chhowalla is the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the fundamental studies of atomically thin two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). In particular, his group studies the optical and electronic properties of different phases of 2D TMDs. He has demonstrated that it is possible to induce phase transformations in atomically thin materials and utilize phases with disparate properties for field effect transistors, catalysis, and energy storage. Prof Chhowalla is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is the Associate Editor of ACS Nano, and has been on the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers since 2016.

    Register here.

  • 01Sep

    Ahead of COP26, the Supergen Hubs will be convening online at the Supergen Net Zero Conference during 1-3 September, exploring the role of energy research in the pathway to net zero. Over the course of the three days we will hear from the Supergen Hubs who will be showcasing their research, as well as holding cross-cutting panel discussions exploring topics such as equality, diversity and inclusion in energy research, international perspectives on Supergen work, our early career researcher activities, and outlining the policy implications of Supergen research for tackling climate change.

    #COP26Supergen

    Due to the on-going pandemic we are planning to host this conference online, however should the situation improve by September there will be a limited number of supporting events which will take place in-person. Separate registration pages will be set up for these as they will be in addition to the virtual conference sessions already planned.

    You will receive links to the sessions on the day prior to the conference, as well as on each day of the conference, enabling you to attend whichever sessions you choose.

    A full programme will be made available closer to the time of the event, and the agenda will be added here when finalised.

    Any queries should be sent to Dan Taylor, Supergen COP26 Engagement Manager via d.taylor2@aston.ac.uk.

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supergen-net-zero-conference-tickets-1567...

  • 01Sep

    This two-day Royal Society conference will bring together key stakeholders from across the building sector to highlight opportunities and challenges associated with unlocking building sustainability.

    Over 170,000 new homes were built over the year ending June 2019 with a UK Government commitment to deliver homes that are high-quality, well designed and good for the planet. In parallel, the roughly 28 million existing homes use 35% of the UK’s total energy consumption and emit 20% of CO2 emissions. 

    A recent CLC report indicates that the Government’s retrofit strategy will not meet net 2050 targets. Rapid interventions are required and will need a coordinated effort, system-based thinking, employing new and available technologies, and a roadmap to the upskilling of ~ 500,000 new professionals.

    This Royal Society meeting will gather key stakeholders across the construction, energy, and materials sectors to discuss the technical, supply chain, regulation, and economic issues and interventions required to achieve net-zero targets for buildings by 2050.

    Speakers will examine how the industry is functioning, explore systems-based approaches to building sustainability and highlight existing and emerging solutions within New Build and Retrofit, and examine the path to unlocking building sustainability in the UK. 

    Register at https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2021/09/tof-sustain...

  • 21Sep
    The net zero series sheds light on the work already undertaken by UKRI’s flagship programme -the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    About this event

    We live in a time of unprecedented change. The way we live our lives and do business is impacting the planet and driving environmental change on a scale unique in the Earth’s history. We are consuming our natural resources at unprecedented levels whilst polluting our environment, affecting our air, soils, water and biodiversity. This is increasing the challenges linked to extreme weather and a changing climate which can have devastating impacts on the environment and human life and hinder economic growth. To meet these challenges, and recognising our leadership potential, in 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

    The net zero series sheds light on the work already undertaken by UKRI’s flagship programme -the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to address the key challenges that will help the UK build back greener. It will bring together world-renowned researchers and innovators across the breadth of our funding disciplines to discuss the need for innovative solutions to heat our homes, travel to work, develop and transform our industries, cater to our diet, enjoy our leisure time, and prosper from a cleaner, healthier environment in parallel with growing our economy.

    We will run a monthly webinar from April to November featuring ISCF challenges, UKRI councils and project leads, as well as renowned external experts from academia, industry and technology fields.

    In September we will be discussing Sustainable Supply Chains : To help reach net zero we need to look at our supply chains and explore ways to make them more efficient. By adopting digital technologies for faster and improved efficiency, the increased sustainability of UK manufacturing will result in reduced waste, reuse of resources and reduction of carbon emissions.

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-net-zero-series-sustainable-supply-ch...

  • 19Oct
    The net zero series sheds light on the work already undertaken by UKRI’s flagship programme -the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

    About this event

    We live in a time of unprecedented change. The way we live our lives and do business is impacting the planet and driving environmental change on a scale unique in the Earth’s history. We are consuming our natural resources at unprecedented levels whilst polluting our environment, affecting our air, soils, water and biodiversity. This is increasing the challenges linked to extreme weather and a changing climate which can have devastating impacts on the environment and human life and hinder economic growth. To meet these challenges, and recognising our leadership potential, in 2019 the UK became the first major economy to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

    The net zero series sheds light on the work already undertaken by UKRI’s flagship programme -the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to address the key challenges that will help the UK build back greener. It will bring together world-renowned researchers and innovators across the breadth of our funding disciplines to discuss the need for innovative solutions to heat our homes, travel to work, develop and transform our industries, cater to our diet, enjoy our leisure time, and prosper from a cleaner, healthier environment in parallel with growing our economy.

    We will run a monthly webinar from April to November featuring ISCF challenges, UKRI councils and project leads, as well as renowned external experts from academia, industry and technology fields.

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-net-zero-series-towards-a-sustainable...