Project3: Chemical conversion of CO2 to value-added products over nanomaterials
Amongst greenhouse gases (GHGs), CO2 is the main contributor to global warming. The strong liberation and accumulation of CO2 in our planet was caused by the energy supply industry, transportation sector and manufacturing industry. In the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 – 15th Conference of Parties (COP15), the Malaysia’s Prime Minister announced the country commitment to voluntary reduction of carbon up to 40% in terms of emissions intensity of GDP by the year 2020 compared to 2005 levels. Driven by the aim of reducing the atmospheric CO2 concentration, chemical conversion of CO2 via hydrogenation into value-added chemicals and fuels is very attractive and has been recognized as one of the most effective and economical ways to offer a solution of greenhouse gas mitigation and alternative energy source.
Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed
The current research project focused on the fundamental study of this chemical conversion of CO2 via hydrogenation technology to find the potential application in valuable chemicals production and global warming mitigation. To make use of this technology efficiently, much interest has been directed toward to the development of nanomaterials as catalysts. A tailor-made nanocatalyst with desired characteristics and properties will be synthesized by understanding fundamental theories and mechanism of CO2 hydrogenation. A depth research on CO2 hydrogenation testing over novel nanomaterials will be studied in a high pressure continuous flow microreactor to produce valuable chemicals and fuels economically. Further insight into the selective control of CO2 conversion products will be studied to understand the role of nanocatalyst in CO2 hydrogenation process. This research project has prospect to become cost-effective and environmental friendly process for value-added chemicals and fuels generation, alternative green technology for energy generation and eventually maximizing the benefit of low carbon economy development.
|Prof. Dr. Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah |
School of Chemical Engineering, USM
|Dr. Chai Siang Piao |
School of Chemical Engineering, Monash University
|Dr. Nurul Aini Mohamad Razali |
Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering, UMP