Integration of direct air capture and biological processes for sustainable production of chemicals
The development of energy-efficient carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies is of utmost importance for our society to reduce global warming.
New technologies should achieve a cost-effective capture of CO2 and conversion into carbon-neutral fuels / chemicals by using renewables.
In this context, an emerging strategy is direct air capture (DAC), i.e. technologies aiming to capture CO2 directly from ambient air.
However, current DAC technologies are still highly energy demanding.
The aim of this research project is to develop an energy-efficient process by combining an innovative electrochemical DAC technology with biological processes.
The final goal is to achieve the simultaneous capture of CO2 from ambient air and production of renewable chemicals via microbial conversion.
The research will focus on the performance of both the CO2 capture and conversion steps, as well as on the overall process integration, to achieve an energy-efficient integrated process.
The research will involve both modelling activities and experimental validation on the integrated DAC-bioreactor system.
Technical background and experience :
Personal knowledge and skills