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ECR Travel Grants for CDU Workshop in Beijing

Sustainable Systems for CO2 Utilisation:
From Innovation to Practical Implementation

Under the researcher links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council will be holding a workshop in Beijing China from 23rd-26th July 2018.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof C. Hardacre (School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester, UK) and Prof Xiangping Zhang (Institute of Process engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences), and will have contributions from other leading researchers from the UK and China.

This is a call for applications from early career researcher based in the UK to attend the workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the grant. 17 UK based delegates will be selected to join 17 China based delegates in China in July.

Proposed topics to be covered: photocatalysis, electrochemistry, catalysis and process system integration.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to early career researchers based in the UK (no restriction on nationality). Early career researchers are defined as holding a PhD and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. Consideration will be given to researchers with more than 10 years post-doc experience that have taken extended career breaks.

LOCATION: The workshop will be held in the Institute of Process engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). No.1 Beiertiao Zhongguancun Haidian District, Beijing, China.

HOW TO APPLY: See organiser’s webpage for application details

Deadline for applications: 2nd April 2018
All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the grant

A call for CO2 users in/near Wiltshire (UK)

CO2Chem has been approached for help in identifying potential customers for CO2 captured from a crop based AD Plant in Wiltshire, UK.

The project is designed to produce 500 kg of liquified food grade CO2 an hour and is located outside of Swindon.

If this is of potential interest, please let us know (network@co2chem.com) and we can put you in touch with the project team.

Using seawater and crisp packets to cut CO2 emissions

Reuters have published a short online video:

Using seawater and crisp packets to cut CO2 emissions.

 

The film describes how researchers at the University of York, collect sea water from the nearby  coastal city of Whitby and filter it through a graphite-lined aluminium reactor to trap carbon dioxide. Electricity captured from solar panels is passed through, resulting in the aluminium turning the dissolved carbon dioxide into the mineral dawsonite, a natural component of the Earth’s crust. The process removes the need for high energy gas-pressurisation and toxic chemicals to mineralise the gas. The team also have plans to capture and use the hydrogen, which is generated as a by-product of the process. They see potential for significant scale-up – suggesting that as much as 850 million tonnes of carbon dioxide could be mineralised in this way each year.

 

The underlying research was recently published in the journal ChemSusChem: Capacitance-Assisted Sustainable Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Mineralisation (Authors: Dr. Katie J. Lamb, Mark R. Dowsett, Dr. Konstantinos Chatzipanagis, Dr. Zhan Wei Scullion, Dr. Roland Kröger, Dr. James D. Lee, Dr. Pedro M. Aguiar, Prof. Michael North, Dr. Alison Parkin)

CO2Chem Seedcorn Grants 2018

CO2Chem Seedcorn grants support CO2 utilisation research and development in the UK. They are intended for pump-priming investigations, leading to further work, funding and publications.  The funding comes directly from CO2Chem. It can be spent on salaries and equipment/resources.

For 2018, we have funds available for five grants of up to £10,000 each.

Proposals need to  demonstrate a realistic pathway to further work and funding. Where possible, they should also lead directly to a research paper. The grant must be spent between May 2018 – Dec 2018 and a final report will be required by end of March 2019.

 Download eligibility criteria, application form and guidance notes

Applications should be returned to rob@co2chem.com by 5.00 pm 4th April 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-April 2018

ICCDU – Travel Bursaries

ICCDU XVI (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The 16th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XVI) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 27th to 30th August 2018.

The conference theme is ‘Sustainability through CO2 Utilization’ and encompasses six topics: Thermal and Catalytic Conversion of CO2 into Fuels and Chemicals; CO2 Conversion by  lectrochemical, Photochemical, Plasma-Induced and other non-Conventional Energy Sources; CO2 Conversion by Biotechnological Routes; CO2 Capture Processes; CO2 as Working Agent; Policies, Regulations, Life Cycle Analysis, Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects of Sustainable CO2 Utilization.

=> The abstract deadline is 4 March 2018. Submission details are here.

 

Travel Bursaries
As for previous years, CO2Chem is offering UK funded travel bursaries to support attendance.  There are five £1000 bursaries available.

Eligibility
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
– work at a UK based research institution
– have submitted an abstract (oral presentation) direct to the ICCDU
– have had it approved
– and have access to adequate matching funds*

* total cost, including registration, travel from the UK, accommodation and subsistence, is estimated to be around £2000. The CO2Chem travel bursary provides up to £1000 only.

 

To apply, please send us:
(1) Your application via this online form 
(2) A copy of your submitted abstract by email
(3) A copy of its acceptance from ICCDU by email

Send emails to rob@co2chem.com.

Please complete/send items (1) and (2) as soon as possible, and item (3) soon after the decisions are communicated (likley to be 11th April).

=>The deadline for receiving all three items is 5.00 pm 28th April.

 

Awards
The CO2Chem management group will review the applications and make awards based on a combination of quality of abstract, interest/relevance of the field , geographic balance, and balance of career stage. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible. This is likely to be mid-May.

 

 

BEIS invites tenders for the first phase of its £20 million CCU Demonstration programme

As part of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy BEIS will be allocating up to £20 million to design and construct carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) demonstration projects. This programme will encourage industrial sites to capture carbon dioxide which could then be used in industrial applications. This would help to enable a pathway for learning and development of capture technologies at an intermediate scale, reducing the costs and risks. The programme will be run in three phases:

Phase 1 will be an initial scoping study for an engineering supplier to work on BEIS’ behalf with potential host sites, carbon dioxide users and technology suppliers to produce site-specific cost estimates for deploying CCU at UK industrial sites.

Phase 1 Invitation to Tender

Timeline: Questions Submission (15 Dec), Responses (22 Dec), Tender Submission (22 Jan), Award (12 Feb)

Phase 2 will fund design studies and phase 3 will fund projects to construct and demonstrate CCU.

Further Information

ICCDU 2018 Abstracts are now open

The 16th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XVI) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 27th to 30th August 2018. The ICCDU XVI will be organized under the seal of the Brazilian Catalysis Society (SBCat)

The main focus of the conference is “Sustainability through CO2 Utilization” and will encompasses six topics: Thermal and Catalytic Conversion of CO2 into Fuels and Chemicals; CO2 Conversion by Electrochemical, Photochemical, Plasma-Induced and other non-Conventional Energy Sources; CO2 Conversion by Biotechnological Routes; CO2 Capture Processes; CO2 as Working Agent; Policies, Regulations, Life Cycle Analysis, Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects of Sustainable CO2 Utilization.

Abstract submission is now open at http://iccdu2018.com/ . We hope to see you there.

C02 Chemistry Jobs at Imperial College

The Department of Chemistry at Imperial College is planning to make up to 10 new academic appointments from Lecturer to full Professor.

The University has indicated that one area of particular interest is the heterogeneous catalysis of sustainable fuels and feedstocks, including for example the development of catalysts for the direct reduction of protons, CO2 or N2 and the oxidation of water or other substrates. They perceive this active and growing area of research as motivated by key technological/environmental objectives including solar to fuels, energy storage in chemical bonds and CO2 utilisation. The appointments are intended to strengthen a growing activity in the field across Imperial College, and align with several inter-departmental institutes including the Energy Futures Lab, Grantham Institute and Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering.

View the Full Job Adverts    Closing date for applications is 15 December

The advert targets lecturer / senior lecturer positions, but more senior appointments will also be considered.  Applicants with chemical engineering expertise are also encouraged to apply, and will be considered in consultation with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial.

New Branding

To mark the third phase of CO2Chem’s work and development, the network is set to undergo a re-branding – adopting an attractive new logo and accompanying colour scheme.

Now that Rob Pilling is settling into his new role as Network Manager, one of his first tasks is to translate the designs as part of a planned refurbishment of our website. He is aiming to complete the exercise as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may start to see glimpses of the materials on-line or in print – including this sneak preview of the logo itself.

CO2Chem Network Manager

CO2Chem has a new Network Manager. Rob Pilling was appointed to the post in September and is working two days per week out of the CDUK office at The University of Sheffield.

Rob has a varied background including experience of similar roles and of work spanning organic chemistry, industrial research, fuels technology, environmental policy, transport strategy, emissions management and renewable energy. Rob takes over from Katy Armstrong, who remains deeply involved with the network, both in its core projects and also now as a member of the management board.

 

 

 

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