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TOPICBlack is the New Green - Biochar as Enabling Materials for Sustainable Energy

PRESENTER:  Dr. Charles Q. Jia, Ph.D., P. Eng., Professor, University of Toronto

WHERE:  Bendale Public Library (Basement), 1515 Danforth Road, Toronto, ON M1J 1H5.  Follow here for MAP

WHEN:  May 29, 2018 Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm



6:30 pm               Networking/Refreshments

6:55 pm               Introduction

7:00 pm               Presentation

7:45 pm               Question Period

8:00 pm               Vote of Thanks

About the Presenter: Dr. Charles Jia is a professor in Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. In 1996, he established the Green Technologies Laboratory at the University of Toronto, after obtaining his PhD degree from McMaster University in 1994. Before coming to Canada in 1988, he has taught at Chongqing University in China for four years. Today, his lab has trained over 60 PhD, Masters and postdoctoral fellows, published over 90 papers in top international journals such as Environmental Science and Technology and Carbon, edited four books, and developed several patented technologies. While addressing challenges associated with oil sands petroleum coke, his lab invented the “SO-active” process which uses waste sulfur dioxide gas to produce high-performance porous carbons, created a series of ECOcarbon materials with this major waste stream, and established the effectiveness of these waste-derived new materials in clean-air and clean-water applications. Tackling another major industrial waste - smelter slag – his lab pioneered the use of aqueous sulfur dioxide as a lixiviant for selective extraction of transition metals and developed a now-widely-used model for simulating solid-fluid reaction kinetics: the "particle size distribution – coupled shrinking core model". In 2015, his contributions to sustainable development were recognized by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) with the MetSoc Environmental Award. Dr. Jia has served in various leadership roles within the professional community, including as Chair of the Environment Section of Canadian Metallurgical Society (MetSoc), Chair of international symposia in the Conference of Metallurgists and in the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Conference. Currently, he serves as the conference Chair of the 29th Inter-American Congress of Chemical Engineering, incorporating the 68th CSChE conference to be held in Toronto in 2018.

Synopsis of the Topic: Biochar is carbon extracted from lignocellulosic biomass where carbon is photo-synthetically fixed from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Large-scale utilization of biochar in non-fuel applications could represent a viable solution to green-house gases emission and associated climate change. In the Green Technology Lab at the University of Toronto, we explore new ways to utilize and transform lignocellulosic biomass into nanoporous biochar for use in sustainable energies and environmental protection. In this talk, the concept of biochar as an enabling material will be illustrated using monolithic biochar as electrode in supercapacitor - a fast-charging and long-lasting electrical energy storage device.