A low-carbon economy has been set as the goal by worldwide authorities. To cope with this target, we need to provide a transformative CO2 value chain. In this seminar, I will show how this could be realized by novel electrochemical CO2-to-fuel conversion platforms (or known as Power-to-Liquid) that could support high performance catalysts, enhance energy & carbon efficiencies, and eventually arrive at eco-attractive fuel productions in industry-relevant scenarios. This is achieved by research efforts at the interface between fundamental science and electrochemical engineering, across multiple scales from catalyst nanostructures at molecular scale to multiphase thermofluids at system scale.
Dr. Lu Xu obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hong Kong in 2012 and 2017, respectively. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry, Yale University. His research focuses on reactor and material engineering for CO2 conversion and energy storage. So far, he has 21 publications (14 first authored) in Angewandte Chemie, Nature, ACS Energy Letters, Journal of Power Sources, Applied Energy, Renewable Energy, and 1 U.S. provisional patent.