Net-zero aspirations are at the center of policy discourse and boardroom discussions, with a number of different options being actively discussed. But, at an economy-wide level, legacy energy infrastructure and existing energy applications render transitions to a zero-CO2 energy future challenging, at the very least. Utilizing nanotechnology to create new advanced materials from fossil fuel feedstocks can enable a carbon-to-value proposition that eliminates CO2 emissions while also providing a hydrogen energy resource that can help meet rising energy demands without completely overhauling existing energy infrastructure. At this event, panelists discussed the types of novel nanomaterials that can be created, how this can drive large-scale reductions in carbon emissions and the policies that could impact value chain development.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Center for Energy Studies with generous support from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng. Additional support was provided by Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences and grants from the Kavli Foundation and the National Science Foundation (Grant No. 2042854).
2:00 p.m. — Presentation
2:30 p.m. — Q&A
Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D.
James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, Senior Director, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute
Matteo Pasquali, Ph.D.
A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University
Marie-Nathalie Contou-Carrere, Ph.D.
Research Advisor for Industry Partners, Office of Research, Rice University
Rachel A. Meidl, LP.D., CHMM
Fellow in Energy and Environment, Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute
Neal Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University