Seminar: Renewably-powered CO2 Capture and Conversion

October 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
200 College St.
Jody Prentice

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David Sinton

Professor, Canada Research Chair

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering | University of Toronto



The capture and conversion of CO2 – when powered by renewable electricity – presents an opportunity to reduce emissions and de-carbonize the production of fuels and chemicals. These processes will require electrocatalytic systems that provide reactants, electrons, and products at high rate and efficiency, and that are compatible with established upstream and downstream processes. In this talk I will outline our progress on electrochemical systems to meet this challenge. To enable renewably-powered CO2 capture, we have developed an electrochemical capture fluid regeneration strategy that circumvents the thermal process, and associated emissions, of the incumbent system. To convert the captured CO2 we develop a cascade approach, with CO2-to-CO followed by CO-to-products. I’ll close with a discussion on the challenges ahead for the field to achieve commercial viability, stability and scale.

Speaker Bio

David Sinton is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the Academic Director of the Climate Positive Energy Initiative. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a BASc from the University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto. The Sinton group develops fluid systems for applications in energy. The group is application-driven and is currently developing fluid systems for CO2 capture and conversion and to develop energy efficient industrial working fluids.


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