Carbon dioxide as a component of valuable chemicals

The emission of carbon dioxide has been cause for concern for scientists and society in general for several decades. To temper the greenhouse effect, it is imperative that these emissions are reduced. At the same time, researchers investigate how carbon dioxide can be used as raw material for new materials or interesting chemicals. VITO researchers are working on bio-catalyst conversions and microbial electrosynthesis.

VITO's research into the conversion possibilities of carbon dioxide has many facets. A selection of ongoing research projects:

  • A doctoral study in collaboration with UGent is focusing on the production of bioplastics from carbon dioxide and the modelling of the process.
  • A doctoral study in collaboration with the University of Wageningen is investigating how carbon dioxide can be converted into ethanol through the synthesis of acetic acid in bio-electrical systems.
  • A Marie Curie project is using a similar approach to reduce carbon dioxide to methanol through enzymatic electrosynthesis, (FP7, MC-IIF 330803).
  • A second Marie Curie project is researching the conversion of carbon dioxide into ethylene, an important resource for chemical compounds, (FP7, MC-IEF 626959).

 

 

To temper the greenhouse effect, it is imperative that emissions of carbon dioxide are reduced.