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2nd Conference on Carbon Dioxide as a Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers, Essen, 7-9 Oct 2013

With Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) a new family of technologies is emerging which will change the whole field of raw material supply massively: with help of renewable energy sources, CO2 is becoming a raw material for the chemical industry, and also especially the polymer and plastics industry. Be prepared!

At the biggest conference in Europe “2nd Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers” in Essen (Germany, 7 – 9 October 2013, the primary focus of the third day will be on CO2-based polymers:

Christoph Gürtler from Bayer MaterialScience (Germany) will present the latest news on the investment in CO2-based polyurethanes. Niklas von der Assen (RWHT Aachen, Germany) will show the first time LCA results on these materials. Speakers from Cardia Bioplastics (Australia), CSIRO (Australia), BASF (Germany), ICREA (Spain), Universities Wageningen (The Netherlands) and Sydney (Australia) will present the latest development on Polypropylencarbonate (PPC) and the combination PPC, biopolymers and fibres, Na-Acrylate for superabsorbers and also polymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons.

Stefan Bringezu (Wuppertal, Germany) will talk on carbon recycling for renewable material supply.

After lunch the topic will be “CO2 for Building Blocks”. LanzaTech (New Zealand), Oakbio (USA), University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Belgium) will discuss CO2 as the ultimate substrate for a sustainable biotech industry and as a source for chemical building blocks.

The 3rd day will end with a discussion with the speakers of the day.

Please take a look to the full programme:

Don’t miss this unique event to learn about CO2 based polymers from the leading scientists and companies and an invaluable occasion of new possible business to business collaborations!

Free workshop on [photo]electrochemistry 23/07/13

We still have some spaces available for our FREE workshop on [photo]electrochemistry involving CO2 on 23rd July…………

Electrochemical Approaches to Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU)
Tuesday 23rd July 2013, 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Lecture Theatre Block (LT) Room J, The University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH

Do you have  research expertise or an industrial interest in [photo]electrochemistry involving CO2?

If so we invite you to a free workshop to discuss advances in the electrochemical approaches to CDU, to identify key scientific & industrial research priorities and to help build UK strengths.

The workshop will include 3 keynote presentations by speakers from the USA and UK and opportunities for each attendee to present their company or research interests and their views on [photo]electrochemical CDU. Speakers include: Prof. William Mustain,University of Connecticut (USA), Dr. Rachael Elder, University of Sheffield and Prof. Robin Perutz FRS, The University of York.

Places are limited to 40 and must be booked in advance by emailing

More details   Electrochemical Cluster Meeting information 23rd July 2013

CDU or CCU or CCR?

Since late 2012, CO2Chem’s UK membership has been discussing the terminlogy we use to describe our research. It had been felt for some time that there were too many different terms being used – CCU (carbon capture and utilization), CCSU (carbon capture, storage and utilization), CCR (carbon capture and recycling or reuse), CDU (carbon dioxide utilisation) to name a few.

During our December 2012 meeting at UCL, Peter Styring presented a case for the use of CDU (carbon dioxide utilization) as the terminology used within CO2Chem. We have many reasons for this, but primarily it best describes what we are trying to achieve, the use of carbon dioxide to create new, valuable products.

To this end you will now hear us using the term CDU in preference to any other. Below is a statement outlining our reasons for this. We welcome comments and discussion on our decision, but hope you will join us in adopting CDU as our communities standard term.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is associated with CO2 mitigation from point sources (e.g. power stations). The term Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) is so similar in nomenclature to CCS that it is seen as a sub-branch reliant on CO2 from a power station.  Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) communicates that the CO2 has been used in some way first, in many circumstances this is not true; the CO2 is a waste product from the industrial process.

Carbon Dioxide Utilization (CDU) implies that CO2 is used irrespective of its origin or purity. There is enough CO2 available from sources other than from CC units at present to provide a sustainable feedstock for CDU. Carbon Dioxide Utilization also implies the making and breaking of carbon-oxygen bonds to transform the carbon dioxide into a new chemical entity. This is different from Use or Reuse which refers to processes that use CO2 as a discrete species that enters and leaves the system unchanged as in EOR and foodstuffs. Carbon dioxide utilisation research is increasing at a dramatic rate globally and has the potential to ensure sustainability of chemical feedstock supplies.

CDU is not dependent on CO2 from carbon capture. It is a distinct technology although can be integrated with CCS for economic benefit. Therefore we feel it should be treated as such, not as a sub-branch or dependent. Using the term CDU, removes the reference to carbon capture (intrinsically linking it to CCS) and best describes what we are aiming to do – utilize CO2 to create valuable products.

Latest news from CO2Chem

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Grand Challenge to Produce valuable carbon-based products from CO2 – $35 Million competition

CCEMC Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses- This Grand Challenge is a global quest to turn carbon emissions into a valuable resource. The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation ( is reaching out to the world for bold ideas that will make significant and verifiable GHG reductions in our environment through the development of new technologies that use captured carbon to make it an enabling starting material instead of a waste stream.

This CAD$35 million multi-stage Challenge offers three rounds of funding over a five-year period and seeks a net reduction of GHGs of at least 1 megatonne. The first round is open to anyone with ideas or technologies that meet the Grand Challenge criteria, and the submission deadline for brief non-confidential proposals for the first round is July 15, 2013.

Visit us at to learn more, follow the Challenge to receive updates, and submit proposals.

Newcastle University Mineralisation work highlighted on BBC News

Dr Lidija Siller from Newcastle University recently presented her work on CO2 capture using  nickel nanoparticles at the Mineralisation Cluster meeting at the RSC in November 2012. The work has now been reported on the BBC news website see:

Making money from mineralisation of CO2

Michael Priestnall, CEO of Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd and Industry Chair of CO2Chem’s Mineralisation
Cluster, has authored an article in the Carbon Capture Journal explaining what mineral carbonation is, how industry is beginning to make money out of it and why policy makers should pay attention.

Read the article here Carbon Capture Journal – Making money from Mineralisation of CO2

Call for papers for the 12th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization

Now is the time to contribute one or more papers to the 12th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU).

ICCDU, which began in 1991 in Nagoya, Japan, has since been held in countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The biennial conference provides a multi-disciplinary forum on recent innovations in fundamental and applied aspects of CO2 utilization.

The 2013 conference will focus on sustainable development through CO2 utilization and recycling for chemicals, materials and fuels. The goal of the conference is to emphasize recent trends in CO2 research and bring together the academic and industrial communities for the exchange of ideas, concepts, and innovations.

For more information, please visit out website, or download the Call for Papers. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 meeting.

23-27 June 2013, the ICCDU XII will be held at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA, a suburb of Washington D.C. The hotel is located near historic Old Town and walking distance from the King Street-Old Town Metro Station. Conference attendees will be able to take advantage of the proximity to many tourist attractions, museums, restaurants, airports, and government buildings.

Petronas and Lanzatech to recycle CO2 into chemicals

Capture, Oct  15  2012 (Carbon Capture Journal)

Waste CO2 from Petronas operations will be captured by LanzaTech’s process to create acetic acid.

LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, and PETRONAS, the national oil company of Malaysia, will work together to accelerate the development and commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide and natural gas.

The agreement blends Petronas’ experience and assets in the petroleum industry with LanzaTech’s gas fermentation technology to create an economical and sustainable source of high value chemicals.

LanzaTech’s proprietary fermentation process converts carbon monoxide (CO) in industrial waste gases, reformed natural gas and gas derived from any biomass source, into low carbon fuels and chemicals. LanzaTech and PETRONAS will work together to extend this technology to include carbon dioxide (CO2) containing gases from a variety of sources including refinery offgases and natural gas wells to produce acetic acid, a high value chemical with applications in the polymers and plastics markets.

“PETRONAS and LanzaTech have the ability to significantly impact the future of carbon capture by fundamentally changing the way we deal with waste CO2,” said LanzaTech CEO, Jennifer Holmgren. “Rather than trying to sequester carbon deep into the earth, we will “bury” it in a chemical. In this way, companies can not only comply with emissions reduction requirements, but also generate revenue along the way.”

The joint development agreement (JDA) builds on the relationship between the two companies established earlier this year when PETRONAS Technology Ventures SdnBhd (PTVSB), the venture arm of PETRONAS, invested in LanzaTech as part of the company’s Series C round.

“We invested in LanzaTech because we saw an opportunity for PETRONAS to benefit from the integration of LanzaTech’s technology in multiple areas of our business,” said Haida Shenny Hazri, CEO of PTVSB. “This is a natural extension of LanzaTech’s core gas fermentation technology and it is a natural fit with Petronas’ commitment to achieving a sustainable future for all.”



Air Fuel Synthesis in the news

Great news for network members Air Fuel Synthesis who have had their work highlighted in two UK newspapers today including the front page of the Independent. Read all about their work creating synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide at:

And you can follow them on twitter @ASFfuels