(132a) National Academies Report: A Research Agenda for Transforming Separation Science | AIChE

(132a) National Academies Report: A Research Agenda for Transforming Separation Science


Brennecke, J. - Presenter, The University of Texas At Austin
This presentation will report on the recommendations and findings of a consensus study performed by The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (http://nas-sites.org/dels/studies/separations/) on developing a research agenda for the next era of separation science. It was sponsored by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The study was conducted by an ad-hoc committee with expertise from academia, National Laboratories and the private sector. At the time of abstract submission the study was under review and will be published in May, 2019. The chair of the committee, Professor Joan F. Brennecke from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, will be available to make the presentation. The statement of task for the committee is listed below.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee of experts and scientific leaders to develop an agenda for fundamental research in separations science. The committee will write a report that will:

• Assess recent and ongoing research efforts to advance science that underpins separations of chemical mixtures and identify priority areas of research that will transform the field of separations science;

• Identify advances in chemical transformations, chemical and materials in-situ and operando characterization, computation and theory, and synthesis capabilities that can be employed to advance separations sciences and illustrate how they can be utilized to advance separations science;

• Address the intersections between chemistry, biochemistry, materials, physics, engineering, and information science that will be essential for scientific progress;

• Identify needs and opportunities for novel instrumentation and tools that will advance our understanding of separations processes, including laboratory scale to mid-scale to large scale, such as synchrotron light sources or neutron facilities;

• Identify the educational and human resource needs (including cross-sections of academia and industry) to enable advances in separations science; and

• Assess the potential impacts that fundamental research in separations can have on technologies and practices in industry.

The report will provide guidance to research sponsors, as well as to the research communities in academia and industry. The report’s recommendations will focus on science needs and priorities rather than specific funding or organizational aspects.