PCCS 2017 meeting will feature an invited talk from Dr. David W. Flaherty from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Flaherty’s group is focused on developing “greener” alternatives for existing chemical processes. They identify specific problems in large scale catalytic processes such as low selectivities, use of environmentally harmful chemicals or diminishing petroleum reserves and come up with simple, energy efficient solutions. Their ultimate goal is to create highly selective catalysts or the most energy efficient and environmentally responsible process for a specific catalytic reaction. You can read more about Dr. Flaherty’s research on Flaherty Research Group websites here and here.