Our group recently published two papers in ChemSusChem: “Direct Conversion of Wheat Straw into Electricity with a Biomass Flow Fuel Cell Mediated by Two Redox Ion Pairs” and “Low energy catalytic electrolysis for simultaneously hydrogen evolution and lignin depolymerization.” A third paper, “Facile approach for synthesis of doped carbon electrocatalyst from cellulose nanofibrils toward high-performance metal-free oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution,” appeared in Nano Energy. Also, an article in Wiley’s ChemistryViews highlighted Deng’s work on converting biomass to electricity.
Two papers in our group were accepted for publication: “High efficiency hydrogen evolution from native biomass electrolysis” (Wei Liu, Yong Cui, Xu Du, Zhe Zhang, Zisheng Chao, Yulin Deng) in Energy & Environmental Science; and “High performance all-solid supercapacitors based on the network of ultralong manganese dioxide/polyaniline coaxial nanowires” (Junli Zhou, Lin Yu, Wei Liu, Xiodan Zhang, Wei Mu, Xu Du, Zhe Zhang, Yulin Deng) in Scientific Reports.
Robert Pelton is a professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University and holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies. Pelton is also the Scientific Director of the Sentinel Bioactive Paper NSERC Strategic Network. Working with 60+ graduate students, 36 post docs, and 100+ summer students, Peltonâ€™s team has produced more than 280 peer reviewed publications and 6800 citations involving a wide range of topics in colloid and polymer science. Best known for his invention of polyNIPAM thermosensitive microgels and his vision of the SENTINEL Bioactive Paper initiative, Pelton as won a number awards including the Technical Association of the American Pulp and Paper Association (TAPPI) Van den Akker Award for paper physics (2013), Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Chemical Institute of Canada (2009), 2010 Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award, McMaster University, the Derek Page award for the best paper in Journal Pulp Paper Science (2005), the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize for the best papermaking paper (2002), the Synergy Award for best collaboration with industry (1996). Pelton is a TAPPI fellow and was recently elected as a fellow the Royal Society of Canada. Pelton earned his Ph.D. in Colloid Chemistry at Bristol University 1977 working with Prof. Ronald Ottewill.