The Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Network

About CO2Chem

What is CO2Chem?

CO2Chem is an EPSRC Grand Challenge Network.  CO2Chem brings together academics, industrialists and policy makers over a wide range of disciplines to consider the utilisation of carbon dioxide as a single carbon chemical feedstock for the production of value added products.  Network activities are geared towards the founding of strong cross-disciplinary research clusters that will lead research in this increasingly important area.  Although it was started as a UK network, CO2Chem quickly grew into an international network, currently our membership is 40% international and growing.  CO2Chem is the largest worldwide carbon dioxide utilization network (CDU).  CO2Chem is free to join and provides networking opportunities, runs conferences and meetings, provides regular news and funding updates, publishes reports and creates informational videos, researches public perception of CDU and has a policy and advocacy role.


What is an EPSRC Grand Challenge and Grand Challenge Network?

A Grand Challenge looks to the future.  It looks to what could be possible in 20-40 years time if researchers from different groups, institutions and disciplines worked together.

A Grand Challenge Network gathers together people with an interest in the field the GC is researching so that potential collaborators in specific areas can be identified.


Who are the EPSRC?

The EnLogo for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councilgineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are the main UK government agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences, they invest more that £850 million each year.



What does CO2Chem do?

The CO2Chem Network aims to develop a research community that considers new approaches to chemical synthesis, from laboratory to production, using carbon dioxide as the chemical feedstock.

The primary objective is to develop a strategy to tackle CO2 sequestration and re-use over a 20-40 year time frame and to identify funding streams to address its implementation.  We aim to ease our reliance as a society on petrochemical based feedstocks for the production of commodity chemicals, taking a more environmentally sound approach to chemicals production.

A combined strategy for the reduction of CO2 emissions and producing sustainable chemical feedstocks is certainly a Grand Challenge.  The network addresses ways in which CO2 can be captured (chemical, mechanical and biological) and then transformed into commercially valuable products.  We consider all options available including the use of CO2 from existing Carbon Capture & Storage technologies and biomass and the integration of catalysts and sustainable energy resources.  We look at individual synthetic procedures, the whole process and also the life cycle analysis.

How does CO2Chem work?

CO2Chem brings together researchers, industrialists and policymakers from across disciplines to further the utilisation of carbon dioxide as a feedstock for the manufacture of chemicals, minerals and fuels.

Activities combine Leadership (policy, advocacy, brokerage), Connectivity (networking, conferences, research funding and development), Information (news, media, publishing) and Learning (summer schools and professional development).

We work interdisciplinary and across the Sectors of Academia, Industry, Government (Triple Helix).

We organise our work around three Product groups: Chemicals (CO2-derived petrochemical replacement feedstocks and commodities, agritech), Minerals (CO2 accelerated mineralisation of wastes) and Fuels (CO2-derived fuels).

The CO2Chem website is a source of information for our members.  We advertise events, latest research developments and funding news.  Our Newslist provides regular updates on CO2Chem activities and news from the wider CDU sector.  We also use Twitter @Co2chem, Facebook and Youtube to share news.