Surplus industrial carbon dioxide creates an opportunity to convert waste into a valuable commodity. Excess CO2 can be a feedstock for chemicals typically derived from fossil fuels, but the process is energy-intensive and expensive. University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility of a new electrolysis technology that uses a cheap biofuel byproduct to reduce the energy consumption of the waste-to-value process by 53 percent.
- Nature Energy
- International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research, Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Dow Chemical Company, Glenn E. and Barbara R. Ullyot graduate fellowship