Rakesh Agrawal Presented the inaugural Allan P. Coburn Lecture at DuPont
Professor Agrawal, the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, presented the inaugural Allan P. Coburn Lecture at DuPont on October 29. The title of his talk was “Engineering a Sustainable Energy Future.” He shared how his research on thin film solar cells, production of fuels and chemicals from biomass, and energy storage at gigawatt-hour levels can help overcome the challenges associated with the harnessing, storage and use of solar energy to meet daily needs for food, fuels, chemicals, heat, electricity and transportation.
Professor Agrawal was selected for the recognition for his extraordinary record of innovations with impact on sustainable energy usage. Allan P. Colburn is one of the “50 Chemical Engineers of the Foundation Age” as named by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Dr. Colburn began his career at DuPont in 1929 where he co-developed the Chilton-Colburn analogy, then went to the University of Delaware in 1938 where he strengthened the Chemical Engineering department, and eventually became Provost.