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The hydrogen economy, biomass conversion to liquid fuels, renewable energy

Rakesh Agrawal Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, can speak about energy related areas involving the conversion of biomass to liquid fuels, processes associated with low-cost solar cells, energy systems analysis and high-efficiency separations processes needed for industry and research. He received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2011, holds 121 U.S. patents, nearly 500 non-U.S. patents, has authored 163 technical papers and has given more than 200 invited talks.

Agrawal also can discuss:

  • His recent proposal for a new "hydricity" concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water for round-the-clock power production.
  • The hydrogen economy. He served on a National Research Council panel that issued a report called "The Hydrogen Economy: Opportunities, Costs, Barriers and R&D Needs."
  • Renewable energy. He has served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Renewables Panel for the Committee on America's Energy Future. 

Contact: Rakesh Agrawal, 765-494-2257,

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