应中国科学院可再生能源重点实验室和广东省新能源和可再生能源研究开发与应用重点实验室的邀请，香港城市大学（CityU）能源与环境学院的林镇浩（Chun Ho (Jason) Lam）博士将于2019年7月30日在所举行学术报告会。
报告题目：Electrocatalytic Upgrading of Biomass to Value-added Platform Chemicals and Fuels
Prior to his appointment at CityU, Dr. Jason Lam was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University and a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University. His research interests revolve around transforming industrial waste and biomass to platform chemicals through electrocatalysis. One of his recent projects was to develop an electrocatalytic protocol to convert crude glycerol into lactic acid for biodegradable plastics manufacturing. These works have been published in Green Chem., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Bioresour. Technol., and other peer-reviewed journals. Outside of lab work, Dr. Lam is also an educator and an environment enthusiast. He has mentored numerous undergraduate researchers throughout his academic appointments. He has also been invited to design and teach a certificate program on the practice of green chemistry to professional students for the University of Washington’s Continuing Education Programs. More information can be found at his lab website (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/see/personal/Jason_LAM.htm).
Biomass fast pyrolysis liquid (aka bio-oil) has been long regarded as one of the most promising renewable carbon feedstocks. However, freshly pyrolyzed bio-oil is acidic and corrosive containing large quantities of carbonyl and phenolic compounds that polymerize under acidic conditions. This presentation shares an electrochemical strategy to hydrogenate the carbonyl groups using only earth abundant metal catalysts. The resulting upgraded biofuel benefits from greater stability and higher specific energy. In addition to chemical significance, this talk will also discuss why electrocatalysis is a technique in the biofuel circle.