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DC-MUSE RESEARCH

DC-MUSE offers an interdisciplinary approach to overcome the fundamental engineering barriers that prevent electrification of the chemical industry. That starts with developing more durable, selective, and higher-throughput, electrochemical and plasma reactors that are energy-efficient and economically viable. Simultaneously, we aim to work closely with industry to help integrate renewable-rich grids with electrified chemical plants.

 

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

DC-MUSE is identifying practical opportunities for chemical process electrification while considering their dynamic interaction with the grid. These include the economic and safety implications of integration with intermittent solar and wind electricity sources.

Selected Publications from our Team Members:

O. Guerra, J. Eichman, J. Kurtz, B. Hodge. Cost Competitiveness of Electrolytic Hydrogen. Joule, 2019, 3, 10, 2425

Mallapragada DS, Gençer E, Insinger P, Keith DW, O’Sullivan FM. Can industrial-scale solar hydrogen supplied from commodity technologies be cost competitive by 2030?. Cell Reports Physical Science. 2020, 1, 9, 100174.

D. Frey, J. Kim, Y. Dvorkin, M. Modestino. Spatiotemporal Decoupling of Water Electrolysis for Dual-Use Grid Energy Storage and Hydrogen Generation. Cell Reports Physical Science. 2020, 1, 10, 100226.

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ELECTROCHEMICAL MANUFACTURING

DC-MUSE is developing electrochemical reactor concepts and components (i.e., electrocatalysts, electrolytes, membranes and their interfaces) for the electro-organic synthesis and functionalization of light-olefins and aromatics, and elucidating scale-up engineering rules to enable production at large scales. 

Selected Publications from our Team Members:

E. Biddinger, M. Modestino. Electro-organic Syntheses for Green Chemical Manufacturing, Electrochem. Soc. Interface., 2020, 29, 43

T. Burdyny, W. Smith. CO2 reduction on gas-diffusion electrodes and why catalytic performance must be assessed at commercially-relevant conditions. Energy Environ. Sci., 2019, 12, 1442-1453

Z. Schiffer, K. Manthiram. Electrification and Decarbonization of the Chemical
Industry
, Joule , 2017, 1, 10–14

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PLASMA MANUFACTURING

DC-MUSE is developing plasma catalytic reactor concepts for the synthesis of light-olefins from inexpensive and abundant carbon feedstocks and elucidating scale-up engineering rules to enable production at large scales. 

Selected Publications:

Y. Liu, J. Sabbio, R. Hartman. A counter-current flow micro-packed-bed DBD plasmatron for the synthesis of a methylated cobaloxime. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., 2021, 54, 194003

H. Li, Y. Zhou, V. Donnelly.

Optical and Mass Spectrometric Measurements of the CH4–CO2 Dry Reforming Process in a Low Pressure, Very High Density, and Purely Inductive Plasma. J. Phys. Chem. A 2020, 124, 36, 7271–7282

B. Baek, A. Aboiralor, J. D. Massa, S. Wang, P. Kharidehal, L. C. Grabow, Strategy to Improve Catalytic Trend Predictions for Methane Oxidation and Reforming, AIChE Journal, 2017, 63, 66-77

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