Alumna Elizabeth Biddinger honored with special symposium
Elizabeth J. Biddinger ('10 PhD, chemical engineering) will be honored at a special AICHE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Division symposium. The Mid Career Researchers in Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Symposium featuring her will be held at the November 2023 AICHE annual meeting in Orlando.
This AIChE honorary symposium series was created to recognize mid-career researchers within catalysis and reaction engineering or an adjacent community for high-quality independent contributions in research, teaching, and/or service. The November symposium recognizes Professor Biddinger for her contributions to the fields of electrocatalysis and decarbonization.
The CRE Symposium is the latest in a string of awards and honors that Professor Biddinger has received this year. Just last November, she was named a 2022 Energy & Fuels Rising Star in a special issue of Energy & Fuels. Her paper "Modeling Competing Kinetics between Electrochemical Reduction of Furfural on Copper and Homogeneous Side Reactions in Acid" was included in the issue.
Biddinger was also among 15 alumni honored at the College of Engineering's 25th Annual Excellence in Engineering and Architecture Awards held in September 2022 in recognition of her Ohio State College of Engineering Texnikoi Award, given to younger alumni for achievements since graduation that exemplify qualities such as leadership, integrity and community participation.
Biddinger is an associate professor at The City College of New York and deputy director of the Center for Decarbonizing Chemical Manufacturing Using Sustainable Electrification. She is also associate editor for the American Chemical Society's publication Chemistry & Engineering and a former member of the Umit S. Ozkan Laboratory for Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electrocatalysis.
Biddinger's research focuses on electrochemical reaction engineering for green chemistry and energy concerns, with expertise in catalysis, electrochemistry, alternative solvents, green chemistry and sustainable engineering. In particular, she is interested in the electrification of chemical processes that transform wastes or renewable resources into valuable materials, chemicals and fuels for decarbonization and sustainability; and the use of ionic liquids and alternative solvents in electrochemical systems for improved performance and safety.
Previously, Biddinger won the 2018 US Department of Energy Early Career Award for investigation of the kinetics and reaction mechanisms for biomass electroreduction and the the 2016-2017 Electrochemical Society - Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship to study switchable electrolytes for battery safety.