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Doctoral student Anuj Joshi wins national Best Poster Award

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Anuj Joshi, a doctoral candidate from the L.-S. Fan research group, was selected to receive the Best Student Poster Research Award in Particle Science and Technology at the 2022 AIChE Annual Meeting held in Phoenix last week. He was formally recognized for his achievement at the Particle Technology Forum Dinner on Wednesday evening.

Joshi’s poster, titled “Exploring LaFeO3 oxygen Carriers for Reactivity Enhancement through Structural Changes in Chemical Looping Partial Oxidation System” discussed the development of LaFeO3 nanoparticles for reactivity enhancement of natural gas conversions to products in a chemical looping system.

Previously, on September 23, 2022, Joshi earned first place at the department's 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, in the Oral Presentations category.

In addition, last year Joshi received 3rd prize in the Student Presentation Award Competition (SPAC) held by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Energy and Fuels Division (ENFL) at the ACS Fall 2021 meeting in Atlanta, which took place August 22-26. His presentation, titled “Synergistic decomposition of H2S into H2 by Ni3S2 over bifunctional ZrO2 support via a sulfur looping scheme with CO2 enabled carrier regeneration” discussed the novel redox process that he helped to develop for efficient decomposition of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) into hydrogen (H2) and sulfur (S) using Ni3S2 based carrier. Current state-of-the-art technologies for H2S treatment result in formation of sulfur and steam and requires an energy-intensive air separation unit. The advantage of the novel process is that it not only produces valuable H2 from H2S, but also utilizes CO2 as a sweep gas for carrier regeneration, which eliminates the requirement of an air separation unit.

Joshi has extensive research experience in developing solutions for valorization of environmentally harmful gases, to intensification of processes for achieving increased product yields, with the underlying goal of creating sustainable technologies.

He also participates in the Fan Lab's mentoring programs for K-12 students