Magda Titirici

Magda Titirici

Imperial College London, UK

Sustainable Batteries and Electrocatalysis for Clean Energy Technologies

Abstract

Sustainable Batteries and Electrocatalysis for Clean Energy Technologies
It is imperative we mitigate and then reverse carbon emissions. COPS 26 just happened with the goal of global commitment to keep 1.5 C within reach by 2050. A green industrial revolution powered by many of sustainable innovations evolving in parallel is essential. Yet we need to make sure that this new revolution happens sustainably and does not create more damage. We must learn from past mistakes and learn how to see the bigger picture rather than immediate goals. Batteries and catalytic processes are key for delivering the green industrial revolution by storing the intermittent renewable energy and releasing it when is needed most to decarbonize our economy across various sectors. Yet, battery materials and catalysts for various sustainable technologies are facing real challenges as they are based on critical and expensive metals. In this talk, I will present recent research advances from my research team in the area of sustainable batteries with focus on Na and Al as well as the production of green H2 and sustainable plastics via electrocatalysis.

Biography

Prof Titirici received her PhD in Materials Chemistry from University of Dortmund in Germany. She then joined the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces as a Postdoctoral Fellow and later become a Group Leader, starting her independent research on sustainable carbon materials in 2006. She received her Habilitation in 2013 from University of Potsdam/Max-Planck Institute. She then moved to UK, to Queen Mary University of London as a Reader in Materials Science and in 2014 she was promoted to Full Professor. Magda moved to Imperial College London in January 2019 to take up a Chair in Sustainable Energy Materials. She is an RAEng Chair in Emerging Technologies and the President of the RSC Materials Chemistry Division.

Her current research interests involve sustainable materials with focus on carbon and carbon hybrids produced via hydrothermal processes, waste recycling into advance products, avoidance of critical elements in renewable energy technologies and the development of truly sustainable clean energy storage and conversion paths including alternative chemistries beyond Li, flexible and structural supercapacitors made from lignin/cellulose, carbon-based O2 electrocatalysis, CO2 capture and conversion and exploring the optoelectronic properties of nanocarbons.

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