Decarbonization Avenue : C2V - CO2 to Value

In fact

Electrical catalysis says hello to thermal

Do you expect hot sparks to fly when "electrical" meets "thermal"?

How valuable would it be if two different teams working on catalytic reactions - one relying on heat based catalysis and another on electricity based catalysis - started interacting with each other?

We will soon find out as that’s what has started happening at Stanford Univ. ( ), thanks to the synthesis of a new catalyst that can be used for both heat-driven and electricity-driven reactions.

Apparently, these two types of teams even within the same university or research outfits rarely interact - and this in a world where people from different corners of the world can connect within seconds!

Synergies between these two disciplines could hopefully lead to better synthesis of CO2 into chemicals. As a first step, this catalyst can convert CO2 to CO using either of the approaches - heat or electricity. CO can be used for further conversion to liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

Relevant for

  • Thermodynamics & heat sciences professional
  • Electrical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Electrochemical engineer
  • College or university administrator

Innovation sector

  • Chemistry & chemical engineering
  • Electrical engineering

Other In fact


  • University researcher