Jenny Yang (University of California, Irvine)


Location: B01 McCourtney Hall

"CO2 Capture, Concentration, and Conversion"

Abstract:   Addressing the rising levels of anthropogenic CO2 in our atmosphere is a major scientific challenge. I will discuss our work on capture, concentration and conversion of CO2 using electrochemical techniques. Specifically, I will discuss the conversion of concentrated CO2 to liquid fuels using transition metal electrocatalysts and thermodynamic considerations important for product selectivity. Additionally, I will discuss important parameters for air-stable electrochemical CO2 capture using quinone redox carriers and the use of electrolyte engineering to tune molecular properties. Finally, progress and directions in the Center for Closing the Carbon Cycle (4C) EFRC, which is focused on integrated CO2 capture and conversion, will be discussed.