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Oil extraction made greener, cheaper & more efficient

CO2Chem member Julian Eastoe at Bristol University has found a way to make oil extraction made greener, cheaper & more efficient.

The team led by the University of Bristol, has used the ISIS neutron source at the UK’s Science & Technology Facilities Council’s facility to develop the CO2-soluble additives.

These can also be used to reduce the environmental damage caused by everyday industrial processes such as the manufacture of electronics and food processing.

Read the full article at:

German investment in CO2 utilisation

After the CO2 to Bulk Chemicals meeting there was a realisation of how much investment has been made in Germany. Below are two interesting documents from Germany outlining the interest in CO2 utilisation and it’s potential.

December News

1. Next Network Event – 13th January 2011, Manchester
The topic of the next network event is CO2 to Bulk Chemicals. Prof Dr Walter Leitner of RWTH Aachen University is the plenary speaker and each participant is invited to give a short 2 minute presentation on their current CO2 work. Bookings close on 20th Dec 2010. To book and for more details please go to

2. Network Membership
The network now contains over 190 members from 32 different universities and 41 companies. If you know anyone who might like to join please direct them to the website and ask them to email

3. Website Updates
The website has now been updated to include a community function. This will allow members of the network to

-post updates on different subjects
-contact network members through the website
-have discussions on different subjects

To use the Community function fully you first need to create a log in. This is very fast and will only take a couple of minutes. You can do this in the top corner of the right sidebar. Please upload an avatar photo of yourself, it will make it easier for people to put a face to a name at events. Please note this is  different to the password that you have been given by me for the old network members area, so you need to create your own new login.

Once you are registered you can then request to join certain groups (these are listed in the left sidebar). Some groups are private and require me to approve your membership. This is so we can ensure only network members read the content. Other groups are public and open access.

4. Sharing information
If you have recently read a good article or paper on any area of CO2 utilisation or discovered a useful website or company working in the area; please either post the details in the community section of the website or email me so I can post it.

For those who attended the CO2Chem launch event in September, you will remember that the EPSRC informed us that there would be a EPSRC signpost on Using CO2 as a Resource. Unfortunately we have now heard this signpost is currently on hold is unlikely to come out until the spring. If you require more information on this please contact Talit Ghaffar at the EPSRC.

Finally everyone on the CO2Chem Management Group wish you a very Merry Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year

Website Updates

The CO2Chem website now includes a full networking function, with different groups relating to specific areas of CO2Chem utilisation. Each registered member has a profile listing their interests in CO2 utilisation and can be sent messages from within the website. Registered members will be able to post updates in each group and discussion can take place. Some groups will be private whilst others will be open to public viewing.

To use the new networking function you will need to create a user name and password and then responded to an email.

More changes will be taking place over the next few weeks so keep checking back.

Ionic Liquids and carbon capture

Those at the CO2Chem network launch event will have heard Peter Styring of the University of Sheffield talking about ionic liquids and their use in carbon capture. Peter has just had a paper published on his work which can be found in Energy and Enviromental Science

High CO2 solubility in ionic liquids and a tetraalkylammonium-based poly(ionic liquid)

Somsak Supasitmongkol and Peter Styring
Energy Environ. Sci., 2010, Advance Article;
DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00293C

CO2Chem Network Event 13.01.11

CO2 to Bulk Chemicals

Thursday 13th January 2011

Chill Factore, Manchester

A day to discuss the latest developments in utilising CO2 to create bulk chemicals.

The day is divided into plenary sessions and discussion workshops, with a plenary lecture by Prof. Dr Walter Leitner,Institute of Technical and Macromolekular Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Each participant is invited to give a 2 minute flash presentation on their current work in this area and display a poster.

The aim of the day is to stimulate ideas and develop collaborative grant proposals.

Book Here


Bayer Technology Services (BTS), Bayer MaterialScience, RWE and Siemens, in association with ten partners from universities and the scientific world, are joining forces to research new methods of utilizing carbon dioxide using renewable energies. With a share of over EUR 3 million, Bayer’s technology subsidiary is the biggest investor in the CO2RRECT (CO2-Reaction using Regenerative Energies and Catalytic Technologies) initiative. BTS is managing the EUR 18 million research project, which is receiving EUR 11 million in grants over three years from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Both industry and academia are aiming principally at a sustainable and long-term application of the wildly fluctuating levels of electrical energy from renewable sources for CO2 utilization.

See full article here

Launch Presentations now available

If you are a member of the CO2Chem network you can now view the presentations from the launch event by going to the ‘Network Members’ page and entering the password. If are a member of the network and don’t know the password please email Katy.

CO2Chem Launch tomorrow

The official launch of the CO2Chem network takes place in London tomorrow and Wednesday. If you are attending please be aware that there are tube strikes planned.