报告题目：Overcoming the Technical Bottlenecks: Bridging the Gap between Fundamental and Applied Catalysis
报告人：Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury教授, 武汉大学
Catalysis is an essential technology to produce both bulk and fine chemicals, materials, and fuels, and combustion and pollution control devices. Hence, catalysis is expected to play a decisive role in promoting the 'circular carbon economy' and achieving 'carbon neutrality' goals. However, the efficiency of existing catalytic technologies is still unable to meet current demands. Such slow growth in catalysis-based technologies can be attributed to a few ‘technical bottlenecks’, including the lack of mechanistic/fundamental understanding of the reactions and active catalysts. The importance of mechanistic understanding in heterogeneous catalysis cannot be ignored, as such information is instrumental in developing superior catalysts, maximizing product yields, reducing costs, and minimizing waste to increase economic value. Therefore, the rational design of catalysts to develop new chemical processes, through the fundamental understanding of reaction mechanisms (i.e., pieces of the puzzle), is of vital importance to accelerate our effort to address current societal grand challenges. In this presentation, I will focus on outcomes of spectroscopy-driven development of new/upgraded heterogeneous catalytic technologies, including methanol-to-hydrocarbons, methane dehydroaromatization, aromatic alkylation, and hydrogenation of CO/CO2-to-hydrocarbons. In addition, I will also discuss future research plans from our groups towards delivering e-fuels, with ‘drop-in capability’, from the perspective of both catalysis and material science.
Abhishek Dutta Chowdhury，武汉大学高等研究院特聘研究员、博士生导师。2012年于印度理工学院孟买取得博士学位以来，先后在德国莱布尼茨研究所、荷兰乌特勒支大学和沙特阿卜杜拉国王科技大学进行博士后研究工作，期间获得了Marie-Curie Fellowships和DAAD-Leibniz的资助。主要从事多相和均相催化及其原位光谱学研究，包括烷烃以及甲醇的催化活化转化体系。共发表SCI论文46篇；其中以第一作者以及通讯作者身份在国际顶级期刊发表论文21篇，包括2篇Nat. Catal.、6篇Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.和1篇Chem. Sci。目前正在主持4项科研项目，包括国家自然科学基金1项，国际间合作项目3项。