“Climate change is the biggest challenge humanity faces today, and something that I am committed to help solve. I use magnetic resonance methods to carry out fundamental chemistry research into new technologies that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Alexander Forse is a Philomathia Research Fellow, and joined UC Berkeley in 2016 after completing postdoctoral work in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK. Alexander studied Natural Sciences (M.Sci., first class degree) at the University of Cambridge. He continued at Cambridge with graduate research in the group of Professor Clare Grey in the Department of Chemistry, and received his Ph.D. in 2015 for work on the development and application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to the study of supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are high power energy storage devices that can complement batteries for grid storage and electric vehicle applications. By carrying out NMR experiments on working supercapacitor devices, the molecular processes underlying charging and discharging were unraveled.
In 2016 Alexander was honored with a prize for the best Ph.D. thesis from the Royal Society of Chemistry Energy Sector. He also recently received the Elsevier prize for the best oral presentation at the Rocky Mountain Conference on Magnetic Resonance.
At UC Berkeley, Alexander’s work focuses on the study of porous materials for carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS). CCS can play an important role in reducing anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in the coming decades. Working with Professors Jeffrey Reimer and Jeffrey Long, magnetic resonance methods are being developed to study the mechanisms and kinetics of carbon dioxide storage in new CCS materials. A detailed understanding of the sorption processes at the molecular level will facilitate the design of improved materials. Experiments will be carried out under realistic operating conditions for post-combustion CCS, such that the long-term stability and performance of materials can studied. Work will focus on materials that exhibit step-shaped isotherms, as these have recently shown improved CCS properties when compared to conventional amine solutions.
More about Alexander Forse:
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Master of Science, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge