The extraction and consumption of fossil carbon to run our daily lives accounts for over six billion metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. The HI-Light reactor is a solar-thermocatalytic ‘reverse combustion’ technology that enables the conversion of CO2 back to simple hydrocarbons such as methanol, transforming carbon conversion into a profitable enterprise. The design consists of tubes that act as internal light-guiding rods with specially designed scattering surfaces. These enable deep and efficient penetration of the solar radiation captured from a parabolic light concentrator into the reactor, allowing faster reaction rates and selectivity of higher hydrocarbons.
I am a Ph.D. student in the Erickson Lab at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell in Ithaca, NY. My major is Micro & Nanoscale Engineering, with minors in Energy & Sustainability, Infection & Immunity, and Entrepreneurship. My research at Cornell has two lines: (1) HI-Light (thesis), a glass waveguide based photoreactor technology for converting CO2 to fuels; (2) FeverPhone, a smartphone based molecular diagnostics platform for differential diagnosis of six acute febrile illness.morePortfolio Instagram
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