The Carbon Dioxide Utilisation Network


CO2Chemistry <=> CO2ChemEng, April 2012

Tuesday 3rd April – Wednesday 4th April 2012
University of Sheffield, UK

The network gathered for in Sheffield to bring together the latest CO2 utilisation research from across the UK and world.

The second CO2Chem conference was held in Sheffield in April 2012. CO2Chemistry <=> CO2ChemEng, gathered 70 network members from across the world to discuss the latest developments in carbon dioxide utilisation.

Held in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield, the event was a mixture of plenary sessions and discussions with of course plenty of time for networking.

The event was opened by Peter Styring and Mike North the network chairs, who gave an overview of current CCU processes & catalysis and developments in the CO2Chem network. After lunch a networking session took place to allow delegates meet new faces. We then gathered for short flash presentations from members of the network on their current research and a keynote presentation by Phillip Jessop of Queens University, Canada on ‘CO2 as a Trigger for Switchable Materials’. Dr Jessop’s presentation highlighted his innovative research in using CO2 to switch properties of a solvent on and off and included examples of the uses of CO2 as a switch in oil spill recovery.


During the second day of the event, keynotes were given by Mogens Mogensen, Technical University of Denmark on ‘Electrolysis and recycling of CO2 into CO2-neutral fuels’ and by Martina Peters, Bayer, Germany and Niklas Von Assen, RWTH Aachen on the ‘CO2 Utilisation Puzzle’ discussing the need for lifecycle analysis to be undertaken on CCU processes. The delegates then split into clusters looking at different areas of CCU research and discussed the major challenges in each area. The event then concluded with the keynote speakers sharing their visions for what could be possible in CCU in 2050.

If you are a member of the network you can access the presentations given at the conference here