CO2 Capture and Conversion to Carbon-Neutral Chemicals and Fuels

June 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Online Zoom meeting
Dr. J. Louise Liu

The Energy and Fuel Division of the American Chemical Society presents

A technical seminar from Professor Chunshan Song


Capturing CO2 from flue gases and converting CO2 using H2 produced from H2O with renewable energy into carbon-neutral chemicals, materials, and fuels, is an important path for sustainable development. This presentation will discuss some new design approaches to CO2 capture/separation and catalytic CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels. One of the new approaches for CO2 capture is based on solid “Molecular Basket” sorbent (MBS) developed at the Pennsylvania State University. MBS consists of functional polymers and nano-porous materials which shows high selectivity to CO2 at high capacity and has been successfully demonstrated at pilot plant scale. Various new bimetallic catalysts and multi-functional catalysts and integrated reaction processes have been shown to be effective for the more selective conversion of CO2 to industrial chemicals and fuels including C2-C4 lower olefins, liquid hydrocarbon (gasoline, jet and diesel) fuels, methanol as well as aromatics. Methane and CO can also be readily produced with >95% selectivity to either one of these products if desired. More background and recent results are available in reviews from our teams on CO2 capture (Catal, Tod, 2006; Front, Energy Res. 2020), CO2 conversions to hydrocarbons (Adv. Catal. 2019) and methanol (Chem, Rev. 2021).

Dr. Chunshan Song is Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Fuel Science and Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University since July 2020.  His research interests focus on chemistry and catalysis for energy and fuels including CO2 separation and CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels; adsorptive, oxidative and catalytic processing of fuels; shape-selective catalysis; energy conversion; synthesis and application of nano-porous materials. He received a BS in chemical engineering from Dalian University of Technology in China, and his MS and PhD in applied chemistry from Osaka University in Japan. He has 440 refereed publications (with 33,500 citations and H-index of 86 in Google Scholar, Apr 2021), 8 patents, and 15 edited books. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, and has received the ACS George A. Olah Award, the ACS Henry H. Storch Award; the ACS Energy & Fuels Division’s Distinguished Researcher Award; Fulbright Distinguished Scholar; Herman Pines Award from the Catalysis Club of Chicago; the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award; Top Cited Author in Catalysis from Elsevier; Most Cited Author in Energy Science & Engineering and in Chemical Engineering, Global Alumni Fellow of Osaka University, and within Penn State, the Faculty Scholar Medal, Distinguished Professor, and Wilson Award for Excellence in Research.

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