BTU Flagship Fellows

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Dr. Karina Limonta Vieira, University of Brasilia, Brazil (Fellowship: March 2022 - February 2023)

Project title:

Corpus digitalis: digital culture and transformation in the Anthropocene

Cooperation partner:

Prof. Dr. phil. Juliane Noack Napoles, Chair of Educational Sciences, Faculty 4

Project description: 

The body of human being in the hominization process is accompanied by transformation in climate, biogenetics, and technology, thus the body of Homo sapiens sapiens is the result of a multidimensional morphogenesis of interactions between ecological, genetic, cerebral, social and cultural factors. The body is currently inserted into a technologized biodiversity of Homo digitalis, such as artificial intelligence, humanoid robotics, CRISPR.

In the dynamic process of the Anthropocene, the body has been modified in the process of digitalization taking into account the diverse interactions with the very body, things, objects, and artifacts that, based on embodiment, build, reproduce, and transform social reality. The understanding of the body is a challenge and requires shifting of the focus from established epistemological limits to a new understanding where the body is investigated and reflected in the bodily learning of the human being in the digitalization process. Therefore, one can question: what borders require to be crossed to understand the corpus digitalis in its process of transformation in digital culture in the Anthropocene? How does bodily learning in the human being occur inserted into the digitalization process? The project aims to research on bodily learning of children and young people in their natural settings. In order to answer these questions, the project will use videos and digital media as methodical path for understanding hermeneutically the corpus digitalis.

The understanding of corpus digitalis significantly contributes to: (a) education field: bodily learning process in interactions of human/human and human/non-human elements and (b) humanoid robotics: to heuristically create a model for understanding situated bodily experience. In this regard, I would like to contribute to the Department of Education at the Institute for Social Work and to research areas as Biotechnology, Environment and Health and Cognitive and Cyber-Physical Systems to an understanding the transformation processes of body regarding the globalized responsible society before the challenges of interdisciplinary, sustainable, and cultural diversity, and digital transformation for the future.

Short bio:

She has undergraduate degree in Pedagogy, master and doctorate in the Educational Science field at São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil. During her doctorate, she was a visiting researcher at Free University Berlin in 2015. Her doctoral research focused on a detailed analysis on the Educational Anthropology field in Brazil. For that, her research scrutinized papers published in Brazil applying  the Hermeneutic Content Analysis. The German Educational Anthropology supported the theoretical approach of her thesis in order to achieve a critical position and reflection on the publications in Brazil. Due to relevant result of her work in the Anthropology of Education field, she was prominent scholarship holder by the Brazilian Capes Foundation in 2017.

In Brazil, she had important experiences for academic career, as: (a) professor in the Educational Science field and Socio-anthropological Fundamentals of Education; (b) coordinator of researches; transfer projects focusing on social inclusion, cultural learning, and educational anthropology;(c) coordinator of research group on Afro-brazilian culture; (d) critical review in publishing house; (e) literacy teacher for youth and adults; (f) developer of social project focusing on literacy and social inclusion of vulnerable young people; (g) field researcher in innovation projects on digitalization.

Futhermore, she published two books in Brazil: Antropologia da Educação: levantamento, análise e reflexão no Brasil [Anthropology of Education: survey, analysis and reflection in Brazil] (2017) and  A Educação para as relações étnico-raciais [The Education for ethnic-racial relations] (2012), and papers on Education fundamentals, Bildung, Anthropology of Education, Body, Anthropocene, Digital Media, Qualitative Method, Human Rights.

Since 2015 she has cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin researching themes as education, diversity, cultural learning, body,  mimesis, globality, and anthropocene. Moreover, she translated recently the book Bildung als Wissen vom Menschen im Antropozän (Christoph Wulf – FU Berlin), and it was published in Portuguese in Brazil. She is also member of DGfE and Gesellschaft für Historische Anthropologie (FU Berlin).

Her aims as a researcher consist of developing the scientific, epistemological, theoretical and methodical interest in areas as Science Educational fundamentals and Bildung and Education Theoretical, Educational Anthropology, Eudaimogenese and Well-Being, Dimension Planetary, and Digital Transformation in Anthropocene.

Dr. Pilar Tarifa, University of Zaragoza, Spain (Fellowship: July 2021 – June 2022)

Project title:

CO2-rich residues valorisation using hydrophobic biochar supported catalysts

Cooperation partner:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Arellano-García, Chair of Process and Plant Technology, Faculty 3

Project description: 

Syngas, a mixture of CO and H2, is used to produce a great variety of chemicals and fuels. In addition, it is obtained by reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction from CO2-rich feedstock´s. The project focus on developing a catalytic reactor suitable for syngas production through the valorization of CO2-rich feedstock’s containing fractions CO and CH4 species as impurities. Therefore, we propose the design of advanced catalytic systems capable of converting the CO2/CO/CH4 mixtures into syngas feedstock’s. For that purpose, the RWGS reaction will be considered as the central reaction. Being generally present in CO2-rich waste streams, the consideration of side reactions involving CO/CH4 species represent a central focus of this project. Therefore, a multifunctional Cu supported biochar catalyst active in RWGS reaction will be adequately functionalized by incorporating active sites for Dry Reforming of Methane and extra resilience against cooking deposits. Very importantly, the impact of hydrophobic carbon surfaces towards the minimization of undesired forward Water Gas Shift reactions will be also intensively addressed. Once the catalytic system is developed, characterized and evaluated regarding activity and stability, a kinetic model based in Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanisms will be developed for ideal and realistic conditions. The development of the kinetic equation will therefore consider the influence of the different species present in real CO2 wastes on the reaction kinetic and therefore the catalyst performance. The obtained outcomes should provide the necessary platform towards the design of catalytic reactors units with advanced implementation potentialities within the transitioning towards low carbon models.

Short bio:

Pilar Tarifa finished her High Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza. In her early years as a research, her final project was related with renewable hydrogen production from a fraction of bio-oil. After that, she holds a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering with the thesis title “Ni catalysts supported on biomorphic carbon for CO2 hydrogenation” where she fascinated the huge possibilities derived from the use of CO2 as starting compound. In that period, she also worked at the University of Bolonia on steam reforming of biogas to syngas production, a precursor of valuable chemicals and fuels. After PhD, she went on natural gas synthesis for a year as a Junior Collaborating Doctor unravelling kinetic mechanism of CO2 hydrogenation. This reaction is accompanied by reverse water gas shift (RWGS) reaction obtaining CO as by-product. Therefore, she decided moved on Cottbus and work at the research group heterogeneous catalysis in energy applications of BTU as a Postdoctoral student to study this reaction more deeply. The wide experience of this group along with the innovative and captivating research project constitute a great opportunity. In addition, the international environment and very dynamic group complete a perfect life experience.