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Dr. Elizabeth Biddinger to speak at Iacocca Hall

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is pleased to announce the first speaker in our Fall 2014 Seminar Series. Dr. Elizabeth Biddinger from City College of New York (CUNY), will be speaking Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Room B023 in Iacocca Hall at 2:30. Seminars are open to the public and all interested visitors are welcome to attend.

“Green Chemistry & Energy through Catalysis, Electrochemistry & Alternative Solvents”

Many of today’s chemical and energy processes utilize harsh chemicals, precious resources and/or generate significant amounts of waste.  Such processes are generally not deemed “green” or sustainable.  With green chemistry, we attempt to implement environmentally-benign processes that use less harsh chemicals and less rare resources while reducing the waste load on the system.  In energy systems, we try to reduce emissions and utilize alternative energy sources. Catalysis, electrochemistry and alternative solvent systems are three tools that can be used, separately or together, to create a more sustainable process.  Catalytic systems aid in better utilization of starting materials and reduce the presence of side products.  They also allow the possibility of using more environmentally-benign starting materials.  In electrochemical systems, the electron becomes a reactant, which in many cases is greener than other chemical reactants that then lead to increased waste at the end of the process. 


Elizabeth J. Biddinger joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) in the City University of New York (CUNY) System an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2012.  Her research interests encompass green chemistry and energy applications utilizing electrochemistry, catalysis, alternative solvents and sustainable engineering methods.  Prior to joining City College, Professor Biddinger was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying alternative solvent systems for green chemistry and sustainable engineering applications, including CO2 capture, nanoparticle synthesis and homogeneous catalyst recycle.  She received her PhD in 2010 in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and her BS in 2005 in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University.  Her research at Ohio State involved the development and investigation of nitrogen-containing carbon nanostructures as oxygen reduction electrocatalysts for PEM and direct methanol fuel cells.  In the past, she also worked on electrocatalysis development for the production of hydrogen by ammonia electrolysis.

Colloquium at 2:30 PM, Room B023, Iacocca Hall - Refreshments at 2:15 PM
Mountaintop Campus, Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Elizabeth Biddinger

Dr. Elizabeth Biddinger, City College of New York (CUNY)