Join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for the next lecture in the Distinguished Seminar Series. This week, Pratim Biswas of the University of Miami will speak on "Aerosol Science and Technology Enabling Synthesis of Advanced Materials to Promote Circular Economies."
Aerosols are particles that are suspended in a gaseous medium; and are ubiquitous and found in nature and engineered systems. They occur in a range of sizes, shapes and compositions and are relevant to important phenomena such as climate change, human health, environmental and energy processes. Understanding the formation processes of these particles enables the synthesis of a range of nanomaterials with controlled characteristics and tailored functionalities.
Following this brief introduction, we will discuss the use of unwanted by-products of industrial processes as feedstock in aerosol synthesis processes to produce functional nanomaterials. Such approaches help advance circular economies which lead to increased sustainability. One example is the conversion of carbon dioxide to value added materials. In this presentation, we will focus on the use of the fundamentals of the synthesis processes to design methodologies to convert lignin (biomass processing by-product) to a variety of functional nanomaterials such as carbon dots. Applications in battery technologies, drug delivery and consumer products will be described.
Pratim Biswas received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; his M.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his doctoral degree from the California Institute of Technology. After a long stint at Washington University in St. Louis, he moved to the University of Miami as the Dean, College of Engineering. Pratim Biswas has won several Teaching and Research Awards: a few recent include the Fuchs Award for outstanding contributions by a senior scientist, Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering by AIChE; Fellow of AAAS, AAAR, IARA and AEESP. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research and educational interests are in aerosol science and technology, nanoparticle technology, energy and environmental nanotechnology, air quality and pollution control and the thermal sciences. He has published more than 475 refereed journal papers with his 65 PhD graduates, and presented more than 200 invited talks all across the globe.
All UCF graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend.