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Posts in category Fine Chemicals

Joining a consortium – Fine Chemicals from CO2

Proposals for the FP7 NMP Fine Chemicals from CO2 call must be submitted by 8th November 2011. There are several proposals begin coordinated by members of the network each creating a different fine chemical or chemical feedstock. If you would like to express an interest in joining a consortium, please contact Katy Armstrong as soon as possible.

Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the green economy

The Centre for Low Carbon Futures has today released a report providing the first comprehensive technical and economic assessment of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) as a viable but poorly understood option for reducing carbon emissions.

The report is a collaboration between CO2Chem, a UK research council project aimed at developing a UK community towards a sustainable chemical feedstock supply by 2050, the University of Sheffield in the UK and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN).

Rather than treating CO2 as waste, as is the case with carbon capture and storage (CCS), the CCU process converts it into commercially viable products such as bio-oils, chemicals, fertilisers and fuels. These could replace fossil fuel based products further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improve  waste treatment. CCU includes using waste CO2 as a chemical feedstock for the synthesis of other chemicals, as a chemical source of carbon for mineral carbonation reactions to produce construction materials, and as a nutrient and CO2 source to make algae grow and supply fuels and chemicals.  However the technology is in the research and development phase, is not yet commercialised on a large scale and requires more investment to make this happen.

For more details visit CCU in the green economy



NMP FP7 Funding – Fine Chemicals from CO2

The  orientation paper for the EU Framework 7 2012 Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies theme has been released and can be found at The call is due to open on 20th July 2011 and details of the CCU call can be found on page 30. More information can also be found on the NMP team website – . CO2Chem would like to support bids made by members of the network so please contact us if we can help in anyway. We will be discussing the funding call during the network meeting in Newcastle in September.

Network event – Using CO2 as a sustainable feedstock for the fine chemicals industry

21st Sept 2011, 10am -5pm

Newcastle University

This is the third in a series of one day meetings organised by the EPSRC grand challenge network CO2Chem and is being organised by the University Research Centre in Catalysis and Intensified Processing at Newcastle University as one of the events to mark the launch of the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.

Following a launch meeting in September 2010 in London, previous CO2Chem meetings have focussed on ‘CO2 to Bulk Chemicals’ and ‘Carbon Capture Research. This meeting will focus on the applications of CO2 in the production of smaller scale but higher value chemicals associated with the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.

For more information visit – CO2 to fine chemicals event