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Tuesday, October 21st

  • 22 Deike Building 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Sarah Brownlee, Wayne State University
    "Seismic Anistropy as a Tool for Improving Understanding of Composition and Structure in the Continental Crust"

Wednesday, October 22nd

  • C213 Coal Utilization Lab 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Harold Schobert
    Professor Emeritus of Fuel Science, Penn State
    Schobert International, LLC

    Coal To Liquids: Can It Be Clean Energy?
    Production of synthetic liquid fuels from coals via traditional technologies is commercially viable but with significant environmental problems. Indirect liquefaction proceeds via production of synthesis gas from coal, followed by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of liquids. Based on carbon balance, a Fischer-Tropsch plant is basically a carbon dioxide factory that produces synthetic liquid fuels as a by-product. Direct liquefaction is theoretically a one-step production of liquids from coal, but usually the primary liquid product is similar to an aromatic, sour crude, requiring significant downstream upgrading. The EMS Energy Institute has developed a process for solvent extraction of coal followed by two-stage hydrotreating, which produces clean diesel and jet fuel. A conceptual design has been developed for making the process essentially emission-free, which could lead to the world’s first zero-emission CTL technology.

  • 413 EES Building 11:30 am - 01:00 pm

    Richard Alley, Department of Geosciences and April Millet, John Dutton e-Education, Penn State University
    "Using Instructional Video in Your Courses"

  • 210 Ferguson Building 12:00 pm - 01:15 pm

    Jeffrey Brownson, Department of EME, Penn State University
    "Solar Portfolio Analysis for Photovoltaics: Quantifying Contributions of Locational Marginal Pricing and Power on Overall Revenue and Investment Risk"

  • 18 Deike Building 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    "Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises/Collapse of the Titans" (56-minute video)

  • 112 Walker Building 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    Chris Wikle, Department of Statistics, University of Missouri
    "Bayesian Hierarchical Spatio-Temporal Statistical Models for Atmospheric and Oceanic Processes"

Thursday, October 23rd

  • 26 Hosler Building 09:45 am - 10:45 am

    Thomas Kuech, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Growth of Metastable Epitaxial Alloys: Approaches and Success"

Friday, October 24th

  • 112 Walker Building 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Armen Kemanian, Department of Plant Science, Penn State University
    "The Soil Carbon Balance, Nitrous Oxide Emissions, and Biofuels"

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