Richa Ghosh

 Richa Ghosh


richag3 at Illinois dot edu
B.S., Chemical Engineering: University of California, Los Angeles (2020)
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Project Description: One barrier for implementing electrochemical CO2 reduction technology to produce fuels and chemicals is the energy intensive oxygen evolution reaction (OER) that occurs at the anode. By replacing the traditional OER chemistry on the anode with selective oxidation reactions of biomass feedstocks, energy costs for the CO2 reduction reaction will be radically diminished while also producing value-added products. However, industrially relevant flow electrooxidations have not been studied extensively. By utilizing kinetic and spectroscopic, such as Raman, techniques to study continuous flow electrooxidations, we are able to model reaction rates, map reaction networks, and determine prevalent surface intermediates. Through this we are able to develop knowledge that will inform selection of catalysts and reaction conditions for high-rate conversions. This then allows us to optimize the electrooxidation reactions and inform reactor design for the electrochemical co-conversion of CO2 and biomass-derived substrates.