Bubbles tamed with Microfluidics for Green Chemistry

EIRES Lunch Lecture

Friday February 25, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
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You are warmly invited to join this EIRES Lunch lecture scheduled as follows:

Friday 25 February 2022

12h00-13h00 CET

Bubbles tamed with Microfluidics for Green Chemistry

Prof. David Fernandez Rivas | University of Twente | Faculty of Science and Technology | Research Affiliate MIT

Organized by
EIRES | Focus Area - Engineering for Sustainable Energy Systems

Led by Principal Scientists
Niels Deen - John van der Schaaf

David Fernandez Rivas will share with us what keeps members of his team focused on the context of GreenChemistry. The team is investigating sustainable solutions for chemical engineering processes. Within the consortium Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC) they are tackling unexplored aspects of electrochemistry. Using microfluidics and process intensification, they have gained knowledge useful for designing new electrodes, for hydrogen evolution. David Fernandez Rivas will also share his vision on the need for Engineers to nurture durable skills such as Empathy and Persuasiveness, aided by a novel method to compare alternatives during innovation: the intensification factor.

About the speaker
David Fernandez Rivas (BS: 2004; MSc: 2006 Nuclear Engineering, Higher Institute of Science and Technology, Havana, Cuba) obtained his PhD at the University of Twente UT (2012). Assistant professor (2014-2019), associate professor (2020-2021) and Professor (2021) in the Mesoscale Chemical Systems Group, UT; and research affiliate at the Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2017). His research interest and expertise are in the areas of microfluidics, transdermal drug delivery alternatives, solar-to-fuel cells, process intensification, acoustic cavitation and sonochemistry. In 2019, he obtained the European Research Council Starting Grant for his project BuBble Gun, aimed at penetrating microjets in soft substrates, towards controlled needle-free injections. He has received several recognitions, such as the Young Sonochemist Award, given by the Japan Society of Sonochemistry (JSS) in 2011, the Pieter Langerhuizen Lambertuszoon Fonds prize (2016) awarded by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW), and elected as Engineer of the Year 2021, and the Prince Friso Award by the Royal Dutch Institute of Engineers (KIVI). He was elected to the Global Young Academy (2020) and the Young Academy Europe (2020).
He has co-authored over 50 reviewed journal papers and is inventor of a patent commercialized by the spin-off BuBclean (2013) of which he is cofounder. He also founded FlowBeams, a spin-off from the University of Twente (2021) to valorize his research and second patent on needle-free injections.
He is co-chair of the COST Action Greenering: Green Chemical Engineering Network towards upscaling sustainable processes, from the European Cooperation in Science & Technology.  He also serves in the editorial board of several journals, such as Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, and Biomicrofluidics.

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EIRES Lunch lectures are open for anyone interested in the latest developments in energy storage and conversion. Different keynote speakers from academia and industry will present their views, solutions and outlooks on the topic. The lectures leave plenty of room for discussion. We value your input. Looking forward meeting you!

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