Honorary Degree from the University of Bath to Professor Michele Aresta, fo...
Honorary Degree from the University of Bath to Professor Michele Aresta
Followed by an I-SEE | David Parkin Lecture by Professor Michele Aresta
Abstract: Carbon dioxide-CO2 is considered the major responsible of Climate Change-CC due to its continuous accumulation in the atmosphere upon release from human activities. As a matter of fact, its atmospheric concentration is grown from 270 ppm of the preindustrial era to actual 400 ppm. Whether such increase is directly responsible of CC or is only an alarm light has to be clearly demonstrated: several scientists are skeptic on this point. However, technologies for controlling the immission of CO2 in the atmosphere are under assessment since two decades, some of them have found implementation at various scales.
Noteworthy, Nature uses CO2 as source of carbon for the synthesis of a myriad of compounds, richer in energy. It is a great source of inspiration for a new synthetic chemistry based on CO2.
Recently, the concept “CO2 is a resource, not a waste” has received “momentum” and the utilization of CO2 as raw material for the synthesis of chemicals, materials and fuels is now a research theme that is receiving a lot of attention all around the world. Adequate investments are necessary.
The above concept has represented the firm convincement of my Research Group for over 30 years.
This talk will show that what was a Vision of a few is now shared by many, and how Dreams are becoming a Reality.
Biography: Dr. Michele Aresta, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bari-IT until 2012, holds the Isaac Manasseh Meyer Chair Professorship since 2013 at the NUS Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Singapore and chairs the Scientific Committee of the Interuniversity Consortium on Chemical Reactivity and Catalysis-ICCDU, Italy. Since 2015 he is David Parkin Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath, UK.
Michele's main research interests are chemistry of small molecules, catalysis, carbon recycling, utilization of CO2 in the synthesis of chemicals, conversion of waste biomass into chemicals and fuels, photochemical reactions. He discovered the first transition metal complex bearing co-ordinated CO2 and demonstrated that the reduction of co-ordinated CO2 to CO was easily achieved at room temperature, while free gaseous CO2 requires either high temperature (>1000 K) or high energy radiations (< 160 nm). He is author of over 250 peer reviewed papers, among which the unique invited review article ”My Journey in the CO2-Chemistry Wonderland”, Coordination Chemical Reviews, 2016 in which he describes his history with CO2 reactions. He has authored numerous reviews articles and book chapters.
He is author or editor of eleven books on "CO2 utilization", “Nanomaterials”, and "Biomass utilization implementing the concept of biorefinery”. Since 1987, with the book “Carbon dioxide as source of carbon” he has been disseminating the concept “CO2 is a resource, it is not a waste”.
He was and still is the coordinator of several international and Italian projects.
He served as Italy delegate in EU Programmes. In particular, he represented Italy in the Committee of “GHG Technologies” of the IEA-Paris since its launching to 2002.
He was Director of the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, and then of the Department of Chemistry, at the University of Bari, where, for more than a decade, he was Dean of the Environmental Sciences Faculty. He was Director of the National Research Council Institute on Marine Protection, “Talassografico-Taranto” for over 10 years.
He received several awards, among which the Renoir Prize for the dissemination of scientific culture 1990, the Award of the Italian Chemical Society for the pioneering work on CO2 utilization 1990, the Award of the Societé Française de Chimie for Inorganic Chemistry 2005, several Recognition Certificates by ACS, the Green Chemistry Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Gold Medal of the Italian Chemical Society-Inorganic Chemistry Division 2016.
He is Honorary Professor at the University of Tianjin-Tianjin China, 2003.
Drinks Reception 19:00 - 20:00 in the University of Bath Chancellors' Building, Foyer Level 2 - ALL WELCOME