Area of Study / Keywords
Reaction Engineering and Catalysis Energy Natural Gas Hydrogen
Natalia Semagina obtained her undergraduate degree in biotechnology and Ph.D. degree in chemical kinetics and catalysis from Tver State Technical University. After several years of service as a senior lecturer and researcher at the same university, she worked as a research associate in the Group of Catalytic Reaction Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). In 2008 she joined the University of Alberta, where she now holds the position of Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.
Natalia also serves as a Director of the Institute for Oil Sands Innovation at the University of Alberta.
Research area: experimental heterogeneous catalysis.
Our group develops solid catalytic materials and studies heterogeneous catalytic reactions, pursuing three goals:
- understand the reaction mechanism to understand further how to design more efficient catalysts;
- reduce or avoid the use of scarce and expensive components while maintaining or even improving the overall process efficiency;
- apply the acquired knowledge to existing and emerging chemical engineering processes in energy and environmental sectors.
Current projects: mitigation of natural gas emissions via catalytic combustion; acidic water electrolysis; natural gas pyrolysis; waste-to-value added products; bitumen upgrading.
Past projects and expertise: hydrodesulfurization, hydrogenations and ring opening in fuel upgrading; zeolite-catalyzed dimethyl ether carbonylation; three-phase hydrogenations for fine chemical synthesis; oxidative and dry methane reforming; allylic alkylation for environmental diagnostic; ultrasound-assisted solid-liquid extraction.
Principles of heterogeneous catalysis and reactor analysis with emphasis on industrial catalytic reactions; characterization of heterogeneous catalysts.
Projects in Chemical and Materials Engineering. This course is open only to Chemical and Materials Engineering students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater during the previous two academic terms. Variable meeting times. Credit may not be obtained in this course if previous credit has been earned in CH E 458, 459, MAT E 468 or 469. Prerequisite: consent of the Department.
Projects in Chemical and Materials Engineering. This course is open only to Chemical and Materials Engineering students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater during the previous two academic terms. Variable meeting times. Credit may not be obtained in this course if previous credit has been earned in CH E 458, 459, MAT E 468 or 469. Prerequisite: CME 458 and consent of the Department.