MatGas Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues

By Dr. John S. DENNIS

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge  (UK)

Date:  July 14th 15:00 h
Location: MATGAS meeting room

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MatGas, a non-profit, research organization, born as a joint venture among Carburos Metálicos- Air Products Group, the National Research Council of Spain (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas-CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona-UAB) holds a Seminar Series on CO2 and related issues since the end of 2007, on monthly basis. This is one of the actions taken since the new focus, with the objective to become a center of excellence in CO2. MatGas aims at contributing at different levels in the research and development of technologies for CO2 capture and utilization, working in the improvement of green technologies, friendly with the environment.

The objective of this series of seminars is to acquire and divulgate a solid knowledge of the state of the art in the field of CO2 capture, utilization and energy issues associated to environmentally benign energy technology.

Several international experts on CO2 capture, sequestration, utilization and energy connected issues (including hydrogen) have been and will invited to participate at this series. Their expertise gives a broad perspective to the subject: from fundamental knowledge to well-developed technologies. The complementary approach will enlighten the issues and challenges on this relevant topic.

The seminar series was inaugurated on December 2007. A list of invited speakers who already participated includes:

•    Prof. Alain Demourgues, ICMCB-CNRS-University of Bordeaux 1 (France),
•    Dr. J. Ángel Menéndez, INCAR-CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain),
•    Prof. Ken Seddon, University of Belfast (UK),
•    Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, University of Nottingham (UK), Director of the Center for Carbon Capture and Sequestration
•    Dr. Santiago Sabugal, president of the Spanish CO2 Platform (Spain)
•    Prof. Bob Armstrong, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy Initiative (USA)
•    Dr. Roberta Pacciani, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge University (UK)
•    Prof. Joan Ramon Morante, Catalonian Institute for Energy Research (Spain)
•    Prof. Jordi Marquet, Vice-rector for Strategic Projects and Director of the Parc de Recerca, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
•    Dr. Jara Imbers, University of Nottingham (UK)
•    Prof. Vicente Cortés, Director, CO2 Capture Programme CIUDEN, Fundación Estatal Ciudad de la Energía, Ponferrada (Spain)
•    Dr. Óscar Prado, Department of Chemical Engineering (UAB) and MATGAS 2000 AIE (Spain)
•    Dr. Mario Garma, Carburos Metálicos – Air Products Group (Spain)
•   Prof. Jose Luis Garcia-Fierro, Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC (Spain)


These seminars are held on monthly basis at the MatGas building (Campus Universitat Autonoma de  Barcelona), if you want to receive information, please contact Ms. Montse Salas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Short Bio


Dr. John Dennis was a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge from 1984 to 1989 having previously been an undergraduate (1977-1981) and PhD student (1981-1984) there. His PhD was supervised by Prof. Allan Hayhurst. During this period he published on the control of sulphur emissions from fluidised bed combustors and on the problems of gas combustion in fluidised beds. He left Cambridge in 1989 and worked as an engineering consultant specialising in the solution of process problems, with areas of technical interest including heat and mass transfer in reactors, combustion, and fluidised bed reactions. He returned to the University of Cambridge and was a University Lecturer from 1st October, 2002, Senior Lecturer from 1st October, 2004 and is currently Reader in Chemical Reaction Engineering.

Recent areas of research activity include the fluidised bed gasification of biomass, fundamental studies of fluidised bed hydrodynamics using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (with Prof. Gladden), discrete element modelling of fluidised beds, clean coal technology using hydrogasification followed by combined reforming and shift with in situ CO2 removal, chemical looping techniques for separating CO2, and novel fluidising techniques for processing fuels with a high content of volatile matter. He is also involved with research at Cambridge on the expression and extraction of lipid-like molecules in algae. He has published about 90 papers on combustion, gas-solid reactions and fluidised bed fundamentals.