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CORC CO₂ Research Talks with Matteo Pasquali and Alfred Spormann

CORC invites researchers, policymakers, industry partners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders to participate in our monthly online CO₂ Research Talks. The second talk of 2023 will be on 15 February with Dr. Matteo Pasquali from Rice University and Dr. Alfred Spormann from Stanford University.

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Wednesday 15 February 2023,  at 16:00 - 17:30




The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO₂ Research Center

We're excited to present Dr. Matteo Pasquali, professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science & NanoEngineering at Rice University to present alongside Dr. Alfred Spormann, professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University as well as the Founding Director of CORC.

Research into Carbon Nanotube Synthesis

Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) possess exceptional electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical properties. These properties have enabled have enabled a vast array of applications across all multiple disciplines of science and technology. However adoption of many of these technologies has been slow due to the difficulty of producing large amounts of high quality CNTs. Improvements in CNT synthesis technology promise not only to enable many of these applications, but will also to provide a potential method for fixing carbon derived from natural gas or biogas in an economically valuable form.

The Pasquali lab is currently researching floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (FCCVD) synthesis of CNTs from methane. FCCVD. Our primary goal is to developing an efficient, scalable process for producing large amounts of long, highly crystalline CNTs, with net positive co-production of hydrogen. In pursuit of this goal we are studying the internal thermal and chemical environment of the FCCVD process in order to better understand and control the complex interactions between reaction kinetics, thermodynamics, and transport phenomena within the reactor.

Microbial Electrosynthesis for carbon conversion 

Dr. Spormann and his group are researching how microbial electrosynthesis can be used as a novel means to produce CO2-neutral biofuels and commodity chemicals. His research group has been studying extensively acetogenic bacteria, methanogens, and chain-elongating bacteria including for direct and indirect electron uptake via electrosynthetic systems.

Read more about the CORC CO2 Research talks series and see more upcoming talks here.