Illinois Institute of Technology researcher scores $1.9M ARPA-E funding for carbon capture and conversion

April 20, 2022 |

In Illinois, Illinois Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Mohammad Asadi received $1.9 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) to scale up a process that he developed in the lab for capturing carbon dioxide directly from exhaust gas sources and converting it into valuable products.

The process is centered on an innovative catalyst that Asadi developed. He has also received $546,868 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to dig deeper into the science behind how the catalyst works, with the aim of optimizing its effectiveness and exploring whether utilizing the same technique may improve other common electrocatalytic processes.

Existing processes capture and convert carbon dioxide in separate steps. Asadi’s catalyst revolutionizes this idea by facilitating both the capture and conversion in one step, drastically reducing the complexity of the process.

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