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Catalysis for CO2 Conversion

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Organizers: Gonghu Li, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire; Jonathan Rochford, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

The green chemistry community, and indeed most of the general populace, are well aware of the negative effects that the increasing concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide has on our planet. What is less known and talked about is the fact that C02 is also a renewable C1 feedstock and can be used to produce chemicals, materials and fuels. This is why it is important for the public to know and understand different strategies for safely and efficiently utilizing C02 as a valuable feedstock.

Our session at this year’s GC&E Conference will focus on and discuss the design of innovative catalytic systems for efficient C02 conversion. While unfortunately there are still few viable strategies for large-scale C02 utilization due to the lack of scientific breakthrough and lack of technologies that are sufficiently mature for industrial deployment, research is progressing towards this goal.  Attendees can expect to learn about the latest in cutting-edge research in the field of chemical conversion of C02 and how it can be used to help protect our atmosphere.

This session will be broken down into seven different oral presentations, all given by leading researchers from respected U.S. and Canadian universities as well as a U.S. National Laboratory representative. Topics will include, but are not limited to, rational design of C02-reduction catalysts, molecular and heterogeneous catalysts, and spectroscopic investigations of C02 reduction using catalysts.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a timely and informative session.


This session will take place at the 23rd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference/9th Annual Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry on Tuesday, June 11 from 9:45 AM to 12:10 PM at the Town Center, Hyatt Regency Reston, VA.