CO2 utilization

The focus of this research line is two-fold:

  • using (photo)catalysts in plasma catalytic CO2 conversion into added value chemicals and/or fuels;
  • carbonation of metallurgy slags to obtain construction materials.

As EU policy is to reduce CO2 emission by 20% by 2020 and further down by 80 to 95% by 2050, European organizations such as CEFIC and SPIRE are defining the roadmaps for CO2 mitigation. Besides, the Port of Antwerp and Flemish Innovation Hub for Sustainable Chemistry (FISCH) are setting up various initiatives and have created a CCUS advisory group (SuChemA members are a part of this group). Moreover, CO2 has become a high priority in FISCH and the Flemish government, which already launched trans-regional discussions on joint initiatives with the Netherlands and Germany. As a part of these initiatives, SusChemA has a strategic advantage of early access to stakeholders opinions. The initial objective of SusChemA is to obtain a proof of concept to demonstrate the potential of using (photo)catalysts in plasma reactions using wet, low concentrated CO2 waste streams as feedstock (real-life industrial streams). This first important challenge is currently tackled within the recently started IOF SBO SynCO2Chem joint project of LADCA and PLASMANT (internal funding of the University of Antwerp). A number of applications for funding within Horizon 2020 and otehr channels are submitted or in the pipeline.