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CORC CO2 Research Talks

Monthly online research talks

CORC invites researchers, policymakers, industry partners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders to participate in our monthly CO2 research talks. We invite experts to share their research and expertise on the CO2-energy-food-water-socio-economics nexus. The research talk series will be streamed online.

CORC hosts monthly online research talks with experts within relevant topics on carbon removal and climate change to share knowledge, raise awareness of the center’s mission and with a focus on intensifying the amount of research in these fields.

Each session consists of two lectures of 20 mins followed by a short Q&A. While the first speaker is external, the second speaker will be a CORC-internal researcher

Previous speakers

See the recordings from our previous talks here.

Philip Jessop: Helping Chemistry Go Green Philip Jessop is a Professor in Organic and Inorganic Chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. His research area is primarily the utilization of CO2 in order to reduce energy and materials consumption in industrial processes and products. In his CO2 Research Talk, he will focus on how he works on identifying ways of recycling waste carbon dioxide Most people recycle used cans, bottles, and paper, but how many consider recycling carbon dioxide? Power plants, cement factories, and breweries rarely recycle the carbon dioxide they emit as waste gases. Dr. Philip Jessop, Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry, wants to make the chemical and energy industries greener by identifying ways of recycling waste carbon dioxide. Dr. Jessop believes reusing carbon dioxide can help the environment and make industrial processes more efficient and economical, using less energy and fewer raw materials. Dr. Jessop focusses on the design of “switchable” or “smart” materials, including solvents and detergents, to make these separation steps much easier. His research will lead to the development of flexible switchable materials. The result will simplify separation processes, using less energy, consuming fewer raw materials, and recycling more materials, including waste carbon dioxide.
Marta Victoria: CORC CO2 Research Talks 16/11/2022 Europe’s contribution to global warming will be determined by the cumulative emissions until climate neutrality is achieved. In a recent paper, Marta and her group investigated alternative transition paths for Europe under different carbon budgets. In the talk, the similarities and differences among the alternative paths will be discussed. Marta will focus on the timing of the scale-up of technologies required for capturing and converting CO2, the system cost, and the required CO2 price.
Katherine Richardson: CORC CO2 Research Talks In her in this talk Katherine Richardson focuses on what we know (and don’t know!) about the biological processes influencing CO2 concentration in the surface ocean and how climate change may be impacting these processes. On time scales of 10s-100s of thousand years, changes in CO2 exchange between the ocean and atmosphere are critical for determining climate state. Interactions between physical, chemical, and biological processes determine whether the ocean is a sink or a source of CO2 in relation to the atmosphere. As long as we continue to increase CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, the ocean will act as a CO2 sink but what will happen when atmospheric CO2 concentration stabilizes or even begin to decline? If CO2 concentration in the surface ocean is higher than in the atmosphere, CO2 will outgas from the ocean to the atmosphere.
Jeffrey A. Reimer: CORC CO2 Research Talks 12/10/2022 In his talk, he focuses on the work of his research group, which is developing materials that decarbonize the atmosphere. The Reimer group is part of a multinational collaboration that studies solid adsorbent materials that capture of carbon dioxide from the air or the exhaust streams of industrial processes. Metal-organic frameworks are one class of materials that may be designed for such purposes. The group develops and employs in-situ spectroscopic and diffraction methods to investigate how MOFs with coordinately unsaturated metal sites adsorb target gas molecules with high affinity and selectivity
Arun Majumdar: CORC CO2 Research Talks 12/10/2022 Net-zero-emissions is what everyone is talking about and striving for. But while governments, municipalities, companies, and even individuals are trying to reach the big 0, it’s becoming more apparent that we need to reduce below zero to even have a chance of keeping the temperature below 1.5°-2°C degrees. A global goal agreed upon by the UN in the Paris agreement of 2015. Calculations from the IPCC, The International Panel for Climate Change, show that by the end of this century we need to remove 6-20 gigatons of CO2 pr. year to make that goal happen. And we need to begin removing CO2 from the atmosphere already in 2030! What technologies can we use and what challenges confound us? One thing is certain – to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a gigaton scale, we also need technology for removing carbon dioxide at a gigaton scale.
Jennifer Wilcox: The role of carbon capture in meeting net-zero carbon goals. 14/09/2022 Dr. Jennifer Wilcox of the U.S. Department of Energy kicked off the CORC CO2 Research Talks series with a captivating talk on how the U.S. invests in carbon removal technologies and how that is balanced with a strategy to push deep decarbonization to reach net-zero 2050 goals.