Koç University - Korea Joint Research Symposium 2018

 

Combating Climate Change with Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion Technologies 

Koç University-Korea joint research symposium

6-7 December 2018, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

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This two-day research symposium will provide a unique opportunity to bring together Korean and Turkish scientists, graduate students and companies interested in discussing and learning about the latest research related to the development and management of CO2 capture and conversion technologies that can also have medium and long-term industrial or commercial applications.

Koç University professors, invited professors from top research universities in Korea, and R&D industry representatives will come together to present their current research and identify areas for further joint research between Turkey and Korea in this critical topic.

This event is free to attend but registration is required and will be delivered in English.

The event has been possible thanks to the support and sponsorship of:

Consulate General of the Republic of Korea In Istanbul

TUPRAŞ

 

Invited professors from Korea

Prof. Yousung Jung, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Prof. Youngkook Kwon, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT)
Prof. Wooyul Kim, Sookmyung Women’s University, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department

Prof. Su-Il In, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)

 

Koç University professors

Prof. Can Erkey, Director of Koç University TUPRAŞ Energy Research Center (KUTEM)
Assoc. Prof. Seda Keskin Avcı, Koç University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Director of the Nanomaterials, Energy and Molecular Modeling Research Group (NEMO)
Assoc. Prof. Uğur Unal, Koç University Department of Chemistry, Director of Advanced Ceramics Research Laboratory
Asst. Prof. Sarp Kaya, Koç University, Chemistry Department

Asst. Prof. Alper Uzun, Koç University, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, Catalysis Research Group

 

The topic: Climate change and CO2 capture and conversion technologies

Climate change is forcing nations to develop new technologies that reduce emissions of anthropogenic carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Moreover, countries like Korea and Turkey have a high economic dependency on oil imports to meet internal energy demands and so find themselves needing to develop new technologies and policies to create a supply of low-cost energy from alternative sources.

These two problems can be addressed by capturing and making fuels from carbon dioxide. This idea has emerged as a very attractive proposition for governments in other countries such as the US, Japan, and the European Union. The development of these new technologies is an area where neither Turkey nor Korea can’t be left behind.

Turkey context

  • The European Commission's Horizon 2020 (H2020) Research and Innovation Program is giving priority to this area (artificial photosyntesis-Bioleaf, reduction of CO2 emissions, absorbants, and materials) and providing funding for research.
  • There are competitions in the US and the European Union with high worth prizes to develop inventions that can convert CO2 to useful products. 
  • The Koç University TUPRAŞ Energy Research Center (KUTEM) has funded 6 projects in this area to date and there are 7 faculty members at the university working on this topic.
  • TUPRAŞ, Turkey’s largest oil refinery company is currently funding a project related to this topic

Korea context

  • Korean researchers and companies have made remarkable achievements in the field of CO2 capture and conversion technologies.
  •  “The Korean government, with a long-term vision, has been investing in technologies to combat global warming and find alternative sources of energy” 
  • So far businesses have taken no such steps toward commercialization, while research institutions and universities are conducting basic research and development” (Source)

Event programme

Day 1 Thursday 06 December 2018 - Koç University Founders' Hall
10:00 – 10:30

Registration and coffee break

10:30 – 12:00

Introductory remarks

  • Prof. Irşadı Aksun, Vice-President for Research and Development, Koç University
  • Prof. Can Erkey, Director of Koç University TUPRAŞ Energy Research Center
  • Mr. Keewon Hong, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Istanbul
  • “Climate Change – Global Challenge to Sustain”, Volkan Orhan Tekin, TUPRAŞ
12:00 – 13:30

Lunch (participants can purchase lunch at Koç University's Yemekhane or other food outlets on campus)

13:30 - 17:00

CO2 Conversion Technologies Focused Research Presentations followed by Q&A

  • "Efficient assembly of light absorber-catalyst for artificial photosynthesis", Prof. Wooyul Kim, Sookmyung Women's University
  • “Reduction of CO2 on single site catalysts”, Assoc. Prof. Uğur Unal, Koç University 
  • "Small Molecule Activation Using Computational Catalysis and Machine Learning", Prof. Yousung Jung, KAIST
  • "The process of photosynthesis in plants", Prof. Halik Kavakli, Koç University
17:00 - 18:00 Koç University-TUPRAŞ Energy Research Center guided visit (optional)

 

 

Day 2 Friday 07 December 2018 - Koç University College of Engineering Auditorium 

09:30 – 10:00

Registration and coffee break

10:00 – 12:00

CO2 Capture Focused Technologies Research Presentations followed by Q&A 

  • "Nanoporous aerogels for CO2 capture", Prof. Can Erkey, Koç University
  • "Molecular Modeling of Porous Materials for CO2 Capture and Separation", Assoc. Prof. Seda Keskin Avcı, Koç University
  • "Improving CO2 Separation Performance of Metal-Organic Frameworks with Ionic liquids", Assoc. Prof. Alper Uzun, Koç University

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch (participants can purchase lunch at Koç University's Yemekhane or other food outlets on campus)

13:00 – 16:00

CO2 Conversion Technologies Focused Research Presentations followed by Q&A 

  • "Electrocatalytic CO2 Conversion", Prof. Youngkook Kwon, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT)
  • "Catalysis in Photo-Electro-Chemical Conversion", Asst. Prof. Sarp Kaya, Koç University
  • "Climate Change and CO2 Utilization", Assoc. Prof. Suil In, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
  • CO2 Capture and Conversion Studies in Tüpraş R&D Center, Dr. Melek Selcen Başar, TUPRAŞ 

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00 

Wrap up session led by Prof. Can Erkey, Koç University

  • Summary of discussions
  • Preparation of next steps document
  • Dissemination of outcomes

 

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For any event related queries please email kutem@ku.edu.tr  

 

 

 

 

Koç University - Korea Joint Research Symposium 2018

Koç University - Korea Joint Research Symposium 2018 - Combatting Climate Change with CO2 Capture and Conversion Technologies