Solid-State Design of Inorganic Nanocatalysts for the Heterogeneous Reduction of CO2: Tailoring Towards Different Emission Sources
DescriptionMitigation of CO2 is becoming one of the biggest factors in the world’s energy equation of the 21st Century. Tightened control through new policies against CO2 emission will be inevitable in the foreseeable future, in line with the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, this proposal seeks to develop highly-efficient catalysts for the chemical reduction of CO2 back to fuel (methane, methanol, gasoline) and for producing chemical building blocks (aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids). In particular, cobalt-, molybdenum- and iron-based catalysts will be developed, targeting various CO2 emission sources, for example, emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants, cement production plants and municipal incinerators. Extreme high temperature catalysts will also be developed, targeting the reduction of CO2 in solar-thermal reactors. Importantly, the proposal will initiate the design of second-generation CO2 reduction catalysts that targets high selectivity towards mid-range hydrocarbons, further broadening the possible useful products through such reactions.
|Effective start/end date
|1/05/12 → 16/03/15