Team science unravels the mechanism behind CO2 conversion


Thanks to joint efforts of Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology and BASF, all united in ARC CBBC, researchers have found how CO2 conversion occurs at the surfaces of metals. This scientific discovery can lead to a breakthrough in reducing CO2 emissions and even lead to a circular, bio-based industry based on renewable energy. The findings of the team are published today in Nature Communications.

This publication is unique because of the equal contribution of the first three authors: Charlotte Vogt, Matteo Monai and Ellen Sterk. They used theoretical and experimental methods to describe how the greenhouse gas CO2 can be converted into useful chemical building blocks. These, in turn, can serve as feedstock for new production. The research results have resulted in several publications on CO2 conversion.

ARC CBBC is the public-private consortium for sustainable molecules of the future. Bert Weckhuysen, the leader of the team of researchers and scientific director of the consortium, emphasizes: “These kinds of collaborations are an essential condition for achieving this degree of scientific and social impact.” This underlines the ambition of the collaboration ARC CBBC, to jointly pursue research of relevance to science, industry and society to create a more circular approach to production in industry.

Besides ARC CBBC, the involved university researchers are connected by two other collaborations: Strategic Alliance with Eindhoven University of Technology and the Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion.

Read more about this breakthrough publication on the website of Utrecht University.

Featured image: Ellen Sterk, Charlotte Vogt and Matteo Monai