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May 16, 2024

CRC 1333 Minisymposium on "Catalysis under Confinement"

SAVE THE DATE – May 16, 2024

Minisymposium "Catalysis under Confinement"

CRC 1333 Colloquium – Prof. Atsushi Urakawa

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

MPI-FKF, Room 7D2/ Zoom
Heisenbergstr. 1
70569 Stuttgart

We are very happy to welcome within the CRC 1333 Colloquium Series:

Prof. Atsushi Urakawa (TU Delft)

Thursday, June 01, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung 

Topic: “Playing with thermodynamics and kinetics in CO2 conversion catalysis”



The amount of captured CO2 from the flue gas released by various industrial processes and our activities is in the order of tens of gigatons globally. This enormous amount clearly points out that, besides actively demonstrated CO2 sequestration technologies, we need to urgently develop highly efficient CO2 conversion technologies to close the carbon cycle by recycling the carbon contained in CO2 into a usable form. One of the most promising paths to valorise a vast amount of captured CO2 is its catalytic conversion to largely demanded chemicals like fuels. However, general challenges are its efficient activation and selective conversion to desired products. Numerous catalysts are developed to date; however, achieving high conversion efficiencies are often hindered by the high thermodynamic stability of CO2 as well as by the unfavoured reaction kinetics and thermodynamics.

In this talk, chemical and engineering strategies for efficient catalytic conversion of CO2 to chemical energy carriers are presented. Impacts of high-pressure conditions in combination with innovative catalysts on creating highly reactive environment will be presented for the synthesis of methanol, formates and CO among others. Furthermore, unique characteristics of unsteady-state operation to combine CO2 capture and conversion in one process to produce syngas and methane are explained, highlighting the importance of operando methodologies to rationally develop and optimise catalytic materials and processes.

The CRC cordially invites all who are interested to the lecture.
You can either join in-person or via Zoom (Zoom link can be found on Confluence)