Monday, September 28, 2015

- September 28, 2015

Dr. Chunshan Song spoke to an attentive crowd of graduate students, faculty members and researchers on Tuesday, September 22 at the Millennium Café about his research surrounding the future of CO2 capture.

Dr. Song’s short presentation, given to a standing-room-only crowd, gave insight into the future of CO2 capture and the beneficial, long-term impact more efficient CO2 capture can have on the world’s dependence on fossil fuel. Capturing CO2 and converting it into chemicals, materials, and fuels using renewable energy, is an important path for sustainable development.

Dr. Song explained that with recent advances in materials, CO2 could now be captured from various sources using selective and more energy-efficient “CO2 molecular basket sorbent.” Molecular basket sorbent, or MBS, consists of nano-porous materials and functional polymers. Along with the new discoveries in materials, using bimetallic catalysts to selectively produce carbon-based chemicals and fuels can now advance catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide. Dr. Song stressed the need for further research and the importance it would have on the future of the fuel supply chain and our dependence on fossil fuels.

Dr. Song is the Director of the EMS Energy Institute, a Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, and a Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Penn State.