Discovery to Product – an Engineer's Perspective

Tuesday, 3 October 2017: 14:20
Chesapeake G (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
D. T. Mah (Self)
Electrochemical science and technology has been both a rewarding and intriguing challenge for engineers from all disciplines. Conventional chemistry and chemical engineering curricula do not fully prepare future practitioners to take advantage of the potential money making opportunities lying in this area, After 40 years of working in the chemical industry, many involving electrochemical technology, I have encountered and accumulated some practical tips, traps and heuristics that are not guaranteed to be optimal or perfect, but sufficient for the immediate goals of meeting business objectives. Discussion will include a global outlook of the necessary steps to accomplish a viable commercial scale electrochemical application starting from laboratory bench scale studies, through intermediate pilot plant scale demonstration and finally operation of a industrial facility. Whether the business objective is the production of chemicals trough the use of electrochemistry or the production and storage of energy, many basic principles apply. Commercialization requires a multidisciplinary approach and the earlier a comprehensive engineering work plan is formulate the smoother will be the transition from laboratory to plant. Hopefully, the insights presented will enable current and future practitioners of electrochemical technology to achieve their business goals and expand the utility of this area of science and technology.