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  • Project Description

    The goal of the research project is to find ways of reducing atmospheric CO2 by using sunlight in a selective photocatalytic reaction to recycle CO2, producing the C1-building block products methanol and methane. The researchers are working on the development of catalyst systems which are based on semiconducting oxide composites and have high photon yields. The catalysts need to be durable, readily available and suitable for industrial-scale applications. The preferred starting materials are TiO2 and ZnO which are tested in various catalyst systems with varying structures and compositions.

    Poroject Lead: Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V (LIKAT)

  • Geographical Information

    Region: Europe

    Country: Germany

    City/Town: Bochum

  • Project Boundaries

    Timeline Start - End: 2010-01-10 - 2016-03-31

    Project Status: Completed

    Project Budget: 0.0 €

    Funding source: BMBF

  • Technological Information


    - Technology Infractructure (CCU)

    - Research (CCU)

    CO2 Source: Atmospheric CO2

    CCU Tecnology Category: Utilization

    Info On Utilization:

    - Photochemical conversion

    - Biological conversion

    End TRL: 3

  • Technological Details

    CO2 capture/Utilization:

    Production Volume:

  • Product Information

    Product Categories:

    - Technology infrastructure (Utilization)

    - Fuels

    - Chemicals

    Specific Product(s): Methanol and methane and katalysts for photochemical reduction of CO2

  • Partners

    - Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V

    - Ruhr Universität Bochum