2022 Research Symposium

Monday, 26 September - Thursday, 29 September 2022

Part of the 2022 Energy Week, celebrating excellence in energy research across the UofA.

Featuring presentations and infographics from Future Energy Systems students and post-doctoral fellows, this event showcases research and provides unique interdisciplinary networking opportunities for all participants. This year's symposium will remain online highlighting work in two main formats: oral presentations and infographics. 

Oral Presentations - Sept 26, 13:00-15:00

Register to attend the oral presentation symposium

On Monday, 26 September at 13:00-15:00, five minute research talks will be followed by a question period and discussion. Presenters and presentation titles are as follows:

Design strategies for flywheel energy storage systems in highway EV fast charging

Francisco Basaure

Waste Fats and Oil; a Source for Producing Renewable Jet Fuel

Fatemeh Bakhtiari Ziabari

Investigation into the drag reduction behavior of pipeline hydro transportation of forestry residues

Omex Mohan

Atomic Layer Deposition of Iron Oxide as a Catalyst in Zinc-Air Batteries

Matthew Labbe

Phytoremediation Of Oil Sands Process Affected Water

Yihan Zhao

Modelling Variability in Biomass Feedstock Supplies with Limited High-Dimensional Data: An Application of Hierarchical Data Clustering

Wanjing (Amy) Xu

The Effect of Electroless Nickel Plating Parameters on Porosity for Nickel Coated Electrodes Used in Zinc-Air Flow Batteries

Hang Hu

Stochastic Assessment of Financial Viability of Biojet in North America

Muhammad Ibrahim Shah

Circle of Power: Creation of Circular Economy for Lithium-ion Batteries via recycling & regeneration

Anil Kumar Vinayak

View a playlist of 5-minute talks from the 2021 Research Symposium 

Infographic Competition - New for 2022!

From Monday, 26 September - Friday, 30 September 2022, infographics highlighting research of Future Energy Systems students and post-doctoral fellows will be presented on Future Energy Systems Twitter. Keep checking back all week to explore new research! 

Energy Talks - What is Chemical Engineering? Coffee, chemicals, energy and much more

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online event
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It’s been said that a chemical engineer is someone who talks chemistry to mechanical engineers and mechanical engineering to chemists, but there is much more to the story than that. Chemical engineers take ideas/concepts (such as a new compound or a new reaction) to fruition (large scale industrial processes). Chemical engineering is at the forefront of the push for transitioning to the sustainable energy systems of the future, and plays important roles in renewable energy production, energy storage (batteries and fuel cells), negative emissions technologies (such as carbon capture) and environmental management.

While chemical engineering may seem complex, almost everything about it can be understood through the process of making coffee, because the elements of roasting and brewing coffee are small scale versions of chemical process systems. I will try to demystify chemical engineering through the example of coffee, and also make a case for the importance of chemical engineering in a sustainable future.

Vinay Prasad is the Chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, and holds the Jaffer Professorship in Process Systems and Control Engineering. He has a PhD in chemical engineering with a specialization in process control and optimization, and has significant industrial and academic experience in chemical engineering. He conducts research on the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to process and manufacturing systems.

This online speaker series is presented in partnership with Future Energy Systems. They focus on multidisciplinary research that develops the energy technologies of today and the near future, integrates them into today’s infrastructure, and examines possible consequences for our society, economy, and environment. Energy Talks provides an opportunity for you to engage with researchers and learn more about their work.