17th Cambridge BPI Masterclass in Energy Supply and Demand

December 6—7 2021

Venue : to be confirmed pending covid occupancy rules

The Energy Masterclass is a 2 day intensive meeting of lectures and discussion, with talks from the leading experts in various aspects of energy supply and demand, with special focus on the energy transition and the technologies needed to optimise the new energy systems. There will be talks on Wind, Solar and Geothernal, Tidal and Nuclear energy, Carbon Capture and Storage, Battery Storage, Hydrogen, EV charging systems, the Transformation of the Electricity Grid, Low carbon flight,

CO2 Dissolution Trapping Rates in Heterogeneous Porous Media

Schematic diagram of a two‐dimensional finger of free‐phase CO<sub>2</sub>

Injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) into finely bedded reservoirs leads to enhanced contact area with water and hence enhanced dissolution rates. The dissolution of free-phase CO2, and hence the rates at which it travels within the reservoir, transitions from advection to diffusion dominated as the contact area with water increases. For injection into the heterogeneous Salt Creek reservoir in Wyoming, nearly 10% of the injected CO2 is predicted to dissolve in one year suggesting that dissolution in heterogeneous formations can play a

Tidal Grounding‐Line Migration Modulated by Subglacial Hydrology

A schematic showing an elastic ice sheet floating on the ocean, lifting off from the bed at the grounding line

The motion of ice sheets to the ocean depends sensitively on the amount of water present beneath the ice, and particularly at the grounding line, where the ice touches down onto the bedrock beneath. This study explore how ocean water can be pumped into the region underneath ice sheets as the ocean tides go up and down and hence in and out of the subglacial cavity. We show that tides rush in but are slow to flow out, much like waves washing up on the beach, and this asymmetry can act as a nonlinear filter that may explain observations of tidal

Induced desorption of a strongly bound organic layer at the mineral/aqueous interface

The investigation of buried interfaces, such as the mineral/aqueous solution interface, is experimentally challenging. Neutron reflectometry is a well-established and non-invasive technique that allows behaviour at these interfaces to be measured, and a technique has been developed within the group to allow the surface of the mineral muscovite mica to be measured. This surface shows atomic flatness due to perfect cleavage along the basal plane, and is negatively charged in solution.

Casting dispersions

We show how droplets which comprise two solvents of different volatility can display an instability during drying. This can drive suspended solutes to the edge of the droplets and create a non-homogeneous final film.

Investigating adsorption of organic molecules at challenging metal/oil interfaces

Buried interfaces, pertinent to realistic environments such as those found in a car engine, are notoriously difficult to investigate due to the challenges of accessing information concerning the interface itself without being swamped by the much greater signal from the bulk materials; here, we describe the combination of a suite of sophisticated surface study techniques to characterise small molecules adsorbing at key metal surfaces from an oil phase.

Protein behaviour at biomaterial interfaces

adsorption on stainless steel surface

Understanding the structure and behaviour of proteins adsorbing at key biomaterial surfaces is both challenging but also critical to designing implants that interact favourably with the body. Here, we report the first use of the powerful surface analysis technique neutron reflectometry to characterise a stainless steel surface and the adsorption of key proteins found in the blood plasma thereupon.

Sticky Minerals

mica sheet on silicon block support

Figure illustrating the very thin mica sheet on the silicon block support. The Data shows the distinctive ‘double critical angle’ indicative of the mica/D2O interface (the two ‘steps’ at low Q) and the changes on adsorbing a layer of AOT at the mica surface, clearly evidence at high Q. using data such as this we can identify and structurally characterise the layers at the mica surface.


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