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Boardroom Lunch with Professor Herskowitz

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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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The Israel Trade Commission (ITC) together with the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF) recently hosted a boardroom lunch briefing by Professor Moti Herskowitz, Vice-President and Dean for R & D at Ben Gurion University – focusing on innovation and renewable fuels. The lunch was hosted by Baker & Mckenzie in Sydney.

Professor Herskowitz, a leader in the BioFuels industry spoke on the topic of  “A Drop-in renewable green jet fuel: a sustainable proposition that becomes reality”.  A lively and interesting discussion followed, which was moderated by Dr Susan Pond AM, Chair of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF) and Vice President of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). In attendance at the briefing were  professionals from industry and academia, all specialists in the biofuels and bioenergy sectors.

Professor Moti Herskowitz, professor of chemical engineering and researcher in the fields of advanced materials, catalysis and multiphase reactors, has been Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development since 2003. He has published over 120 papers and 22 patents based on basic and applied research in novel renewable and clean fuels as well as processes for their production. The Blechner Center, under the leadership of Professor Herskowitz, has succeeded in developing outstanding expertise in heterogeneous catalysis and catalytic processes. The scientific topics are related to fundamental aspects of novel catalytic nanomaterials.

ExxonMobil has announced recently that the Blechner Center is a partner in the development of a breakthrough technology that will facilitate on-board generation of hydrogen thus advancing the application of fuel cells for transportation. Another patented technology developed at the Blechner Center is the production of advanced, green diesel fuel from vegetable and animal oil. Professor Herskowitz is currently engaged in the development of liquid fuels production from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

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