by Brian Anderson, Ph.D.
At NETL, our business is energy innovation and advancing technologies to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. A key aspect of this work is finding ways to make our energy generating systems more efficient, thus lowering their environmental impact. This means developing sensors and materials for harsh environments. It also means optimizing chemical reactions through catalyst development, better reactor design, and fine tuning reaction conditions.
NETL researchers are on the leading edge of reaction engineering research. Our talented team of men and women are advancing novel catalysts and finding ways to optimize chemical reaction processes. The result is less waste, fewer separations in industrial processes and a reduced energy footprint across the manufacturing space.
In the Lab’s Reaction Analysis and Chemical Transformation (REACT) Facility, researchers can tune every aspect of a chemical reaction by running through thousands of scenarios. REACT’s unique capabilities enable researchers to work toward optimizing chemical reactor designs for specific transformations, including novel approaches like microwaves to selectively energize chemical reactions.
Innovations being developed by NETL’s reaction engineering researchers and in the ReACT facility are leading to efficiencies that increase power production, reduce overall costs, reduce targeted emissions, and provide for product generation from abundant fossil fuels.
This month, we’re featuring NETL’s work in reaction engineering. Check our newsroom throughout September to read more about:
NETL has a long history of developing energy conversion systems and pioneering new technologies. I’m pleased to share this selection of our innovations in reaction engineering.