The sustainable conversion of CO2 and H2O into value-added chemicals such as ethylene glycol and formic acid, facilitates a circular economy. The use of simple precursors such as CO2 and H2O and use of sunlight and other renewable resources to drive the conversion processes making it sustainable in nature. Our research team has developed electrocatalysts (transition metal-based nanomaterials) for converting waste carbon dioxide into formic acid and ethylene, and further exploring the techniques to convert products into ethylene oxide and performic acid. The primary goal of this project resides in the advancement of efficient catalyst material with enhanced catalyst performance and stability, and ultimately designing of electrodes and electrolysers. In addition, the comprehensive series of mechanistic investigations is planned to study the surface chemistry and reaction pathways intrinsic to the selective electrocatalytic conversion processes by advanced characterization techniques.
Nanomaterials | Catalysis | Energy conversion
The research is mainly conducted in Particles and Catalysis Research Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering.
The ToR student will gain knowledge about nanomaterial, reactor design, and renewable energy conversion process, while build in-depth understanding of chemical reactions.