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CO2Chem Network January Events – Update

The CO2Chem Network recently held a number of key events which took place at the iconic Sheffield United Football Club, with awards presented by the great England footballer Tony Currie.  

CO2Chem 3rd Annual Status Conference attendees 23 Jan 2020

The four day programme of events took place at Sheffield United Football Club Bramall Lane, Sheffield, UK from 20-23 January 2020.  The CO2Chem Winter School-Exploring Carbon Dioxide Utilisation was held on the first three days and presentations were delivered by leading experts in carbon dioxide utilisation including the CO2Chem Network management board Peter Styring and Katy Armstrong (University of Sheffield), Michael North (University of York), Ben Buckley (Loughborough University), Colin Hills (University of Greenwich) and Peter Hammond (CCm Technologies).  Presentations were also given by members of the Chemical and Biological Engineering department (University of Sheffield), Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (University of York) and industry.

Some of the topics covered included:

  • CO2 mitigation
  • Rise in global energy use
  • UK emissions reduction 
  • Replacing fossil fuels
  • Carbon based fuels
  • Why is hydrogen important to carbon dioxide utilisation 

The 3rd Annual Status Conference was held on the last day with presentations from industry and academia with CO2Chem seedcorn funding recipients presenting their research projects.  

Tony Currie made a surprise appearance to award the CO2Chem Video Prize winners with a signed copy of the de Gruyter Carbon Dioxide Utilisation textbook.  All videos can be viewed on the CO2Chem YouTube channel

The winners of the Video Prize 2019 competition were 12-year old Arnav Sharma from Orpington and Katie Stott and Clare Hayes from the University of York.  A special commendation went to IASS-Potsdam and EBP Communications Team

Peter Styring, Tony Currie, Clare Hayes and Katie Stott
Peter Styring, Arnav Sharma and Tony Currie

Closing thoughts were from Peter Styring.

“We are very grateful to the UKRI for funding almost a decade of activities through the CO2Chem Network, one of the original Grand Challenges in the Physical Sciences. In that time the network has evolved and created impact in academia, industry and policy. However, even though the direct funding has ended we will carry on as CO2Chem under changing funding mechanisms. There is interim funding to the end of 2020 to create a transition to a more focused lobbying structure.

It is clear we need to act now to avert catastrophic climate effects. We do not need more consultations on CCUS, we need tangible technologies and policies to deliver it. We are “passed the point of procrastination”.

We are now looking at various options to sustainably fund activities and we will report back to you once these plans are in place.”

CO2Chem 2020 Winter School and Conference Programmes

Job opportunity – Research Fellow in Energy Materials-Chemistry

The University of Surrey has a three year opportunity for a full-time Research Fellow in the Electrochemical Energy Materials group in the Department of Chemistry. The position is funded by an EU Horizon 2020 consortium grant called SELECTCO2 ‘Selective Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to High Value Chemicals’.  Further details can be found here.


CO2Chem Video Prize Competition 2019 – deadline extension

Good news!  The Video Prize Competition deadline has been extended to 12 noon on Thursday 28th November 2019.  Good luck!

We are pleased to publicise that a new science-media prize has been announced for 2019.

The prize will be awarded in two categories for the best short form documentary showing how Carbon Dioxide Utilisation can be used as part of an approach to remove fossil-based carbon from the economy.

This is all part of an effort to reduce and then reverse the harmful effects of climate change.

There will be a £2,000 prize for the best Independent and School-Endorsed entry.

Closing date is 12 noon on Thursday 28th November.

The CO2Chem Winter School – Exploring CO2 Utilisation and the 3rd Annual Status Conference 2019


In January 2020 we will be running a co-ordinated week of events from the 20th – 23rd:

  • CO2Chem Winter School – Exploring CO2 Utilisation – 20th to 22nd January 2020
  • CO2Chem Reception and Annual Dinner – 22nd January 2020 (evening)
  • 3rd CO2Chem Annual Status Conference – 23rd January 2020

The CO2Chem Winter School will explore the CO2 Utilisation agenda, including socio-economic and environmental underpinnings, central research challenges and latest drivers, progress and opportunities. The course suits post-graduates and early career researchers.

The CO2Chem Reception and Annual Dinner is an opportunity for meeting and networking with CO2Chem members.  The early evening reception will include addresses from opinion formers representing industry, academia and government.

The CO2Chem Annual Status Conference brings together members of the network to share latest updates and research developments in CO2 Utilisation.

You are warmly welcome to attend any combination.

Venue: all the above events will be held at Sheffield United FC (The 1889 Suite), one of England’s oldest and most renowned stadiums.


CO2Chem Winter School – £150 (students) £200 (non students)

Annual Reception and Dinner – £25

CO2Chem 3rd Annual Status Conference – free

Booking: to book tickets please click here.

Getting there: the Stadium is on a good bus route, is a 10-15 minute walk from Sheffield railway station and there is parking onsite.

Accommodation: is available nearby at The Copthorne Hotel.  Please book direct with the hotel.

Further information can be accessed here.

IEA – Putting CO2 to use. Creating value from emissions.

This analysis considers the near-term market potential for five key categories of CO2-derived products and services: fuels, chemicals, building materials from minerals, building materials from waste, and CO2 use to enhance the yields of biological processes.

CO2Chem contributed to this publication.  Further reading. 

CO2nsistent – Research Assistant Job Opportunity at TU Berlin

TU Berlin is recruiting a research assistant for the CO2nsistent project.

Core of the work will be development of TEA/LCA methodology and conducting CCUS case studies.

Further details.



BBC Radio Kent – discussing transport issues

BBC Radio Kent (23/08/19)

CO2Chem Video Prize 2019

We are pleased to publicise that a new science-media prize has been announced for 2019.

The prize will be awarded in two categories for the best short form documentary showing how Carbon Dioxide Utilisation can be used as part of an approach to remove fossil-based carbon from the economy.

This is all part of an effort to reduce and then reverse the harmful effects of climate change.

Click here for further details of the prize.

Closing date is 12 noon on Friday 15th November 2019.

We look forward to experiencing your creativity.

The CO2Chem Network

BASF Symposium – Call for Contributions

BASF Symposium on Sustainable Chemistry – IUPAC Paris 2019
Theme: Chemistry Across the Themes
Symposium: Sustainable Chemistry, Materials and Resources for the City of the 2050s
Date/Time: 2-6pm,  July 8th

Symposium Flyer        PLEASE NOTE: Abstract Submission has been extended to 21st April
Abstract Submission

Invited Speakers

  • Professor Steven Chu: University of Stanford, Nobel Prize in Physics, former U.S. Secretary of Energy to President Barack Obama
  • Dr. Jonathan Cullen: University of Cambridge – Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
  • Professor Marc Hillmyer: University of Minnesota – Shaping the future of plastics through sustainable polymer science and technology

IUPAC 2019
The symposium forms part of the 47th IUPAC Congress, to be held in Paris July 5-12 2019
Event website and full programme