The overall goal of this project is to demonstrate an electrochemical method of harvesting materials from seawater for cement manufacturing using renewable energy. This concept has potential to producing green cement with substantially reduced CO2 emissions compared to conventional cement manufacturing based on limestone or magnesite feedstocks. The project will involve learning the basics of electrochemical energy conversion, using a 3D printer, performing electroanalytical measurements with a potentiostat, and studying the kinetics of precipitation processes. This is a collaborative, multidisciplinary project with Prof. Shiho Kawashima in Civil engineering, whose group will develop processes to convert the electrochemically-harvested materials produced by our team into cement and test its mechanical properties.
Lab: Solar Fuels Engineering Lab, Dan Esposito
Direct Supervisor: Xueqi Pang
Position Dates: 6/1/2019 - 8/14/2019
Hours per Week: 40
Paid Position: Yes
Qualifications: Electrochemistry and chemical engineering
Eligibility: Master's; SEAS only