22 October 2020

Future opportunities for CO2: the chemistry of carbon dioxide and its role in decarbonisation

Organised by:

SCI’s Energy Group

Online Webinar 13:00-15:00 BST - (webinar 1 of 3)

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In our series of three October/November 2020 webinars, “Decarbonisation and the chemistry of CO2”, of which this is the first of three, we will hear from industry and academic researchers who are exploring future CO2 capture, transport and storage techniques and scenarios; new and emerging CO2 capture and conditioning technologies; and the variety of opportunities being explored to utilise captured CO2.

The UK Government has mandated that by 2050, the UK will be carbon neutral. To meet this target, research by the Committee for Climate Change (CCC), the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) and the Energy Technologies Institute for the SCI’s Energy Group has highlighted the importance of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), in particular for addressing industrial emissions. Without CCUS, achieving net zero will be incredibly challenging, if not impossible.

The UK is very well placed to develop and exploit CCUS - Her Majesty’s Government wants the UK to become a global CCUS technology leader and to work internationally to bring about global CCUS cost reductions. 

Understanding the chemistry of CO2 is vital if we are to develop the processes at scale for CO2 capture and conditioning, alongside opportunities to use CO2 as a resource to produce a wide variety of chemicals including fertilisers, materials and fuels. These uses include more straightforward, but transient technologies, such as the use of captured CO2 in carbonated drinks and glasshouses, through to more complex options to ‘lock-in’ CO2 via the manufacture of products such as acetic acid, fertilisers and fuels, and new materials such as polymers and CO2 cured cement.

This event will be of interest to the following:

  • Academics looking to hear about the latest developments.
  • Business leaders looking to find out what CCUS means, what the opportunities might be to use or sell their own CO2 or to find new ways to make new products.
  • Early career researchers looking to widen their scope of knowledge around their core CCUS studies.


Reace Edwards

SCI/Chester University

Reace is a PhD student in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Chester. Primarily, this research is focused around exploring the establishment of a hydrogen network in the North West region. In addition to this, Reace is secretary for the SCI Energy Group as well as an SCI Ambassador.


Dr Alison Mohr

Nottingham University

Alison Mohr is an energy social scientist in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Alison has 17 years’ experience working on the role of energy and environmental technologies as enablers of social and environmental change. For the past 10 years, she has specialised in energy systems governance in different socio-cultural and political-economic contexts. Her interdisciplinary outputs are distinctive for linking social science with science, engineering and energy policy communities. Alison serves on the management boards of the DfID funded UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network, the EPSRC Doctoral Centres for ‘Resilient Decarbonised Energy Systems’ and ‘CCS and Cleaner Fossil Fuels’ and the Nottingham Energy Institute. She is the first social scientist appointed to the UKRI BBSRC Bioscience for Renewable Resources and Clean Growth Strategy Advisory Panel and has advised the Science and Technology Committees of the House of Commons and Lords, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and the Committee on Climate Change on bioenergy and BECCS governance.

Kevin Chown

Kew Technology

Kevin is a founder of KEW having worked on the development of advanced gasification technology since 2012. He directed the successful 2013 engineering project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute and the subsequent £16m continuous-operation demonstration project (Sustainable Energy Centre).
KEW’s technology cost-effectively converts low-grade feedstocks (such as residual waste and biomass waste) into clean pressurised Syngas for hydrogen, chemicals, fuels and other applications. The process will be carbon-capture ready for both utilisation and/or sequestration offering integration advantage as the CO2 is pressurised as well as relatively high concentration. It will be packaged in factory-built standardised modules offering lower overall project costs, timelines and risks than site-build approaches. Kevin will be applying his background in automotive and electronics lean manufacturing to develop these products and which can be straightforwardly installed at industrial customers’ sites.

Prof Michael North

York University

Michael North obtained his BSc from Durham University and his D.Phil from the University of Oxford. Since 2013, he has been professor of green chemistry within the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York. Prior to this he held organic chemistry academic positions at the Universities of Newcastle, London and Wales.
Professor North’s research interests are focussed on: chemistry in green solvents, CO2 utilization, catalysis by Earth crust abundant metals, and synthesis of polymers from sustainable feedstocks. He has published over 200 papers and is a named inventor on six patents. He was awarded the 2001 Descartes Prize by the European Commission and the 2014 green chemistry award by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Prof Peter Hammond

CCm Technologies

Peter is Chief Technology Officer and a founder of CCm Technologies. His background is in commercial process engineering development and has had a particular focus on the application of carbon dioxide within the food, agricultural and petrochemical industries. He has worked at large scale in the development food processing plants in North and South America and on specialised phytochemical plants in Europe. As a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, Peter has gained significant experience in the development of processes from fundamental research. His wider body of work includes patents for materials, processes and analytical techniques along with the founding of two successful businesses.

Confirmed Speakers

 Summaries of presentations are shown in the Appendix here.


Introduction to the Webinar 
Reace Edwards, SCI/Chester University, Webinar Chair

Role of CCUS in a negative carbon pathway with modularised Advanced Thermal Conversion (ATC) technologies
Kevin Chown, Kew Technology 
CO2 Utilisation in sustainable fertiliser production
Prof Peter Hammond, CCm Technologies 
Lessons from CCS and Bioenergy social science for the Governance of BECCS: A Science and Technology Studies (STS) perspective 
Dr. Alison Mohr, Nottingham University 
Sustainable development and the CO2 refinery 
Prof Michael North, York University 
Q&A session

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

Call for Posters

Contributions are invited from early stage researchers and PhD students working in all areas of CCUS to present their poster at this one-day conference. Posters should be submitted (in PDF format) to conferences@soci.org by 16:00 BST - Monday 19 October 2020 with the subject line “CCUS conference - poster submission” Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have already been presented elsewhere. The best three posters will receive a prize and be invited to present their poster (5 minutes) during the 5 November 2020 webinar.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the posters:

  • Within scope: Related to the conference subject area, i.e. CCUS
  • Connection with Industry: The ability of the poster to show how it is related to industry (contextualisation of the work and composing it to attract the interest of SCI members from academia and industrial sections). This is one of the crucial selection criteria.
  • Ability to Stand Alone: The ability of the poster to stand alone as a clear communication of the work.
  • Balance: A balance of text, figures, and space with figures dominantly playing a role.
  • Overall Visual Appeal: The ability to use colour and font to make the poster appealing.
  • Legibility: The poster should be clear (text and figures) and easy to read with sharp detail on the figures and not a busy and distracting background.
  • Quality of Graphics: The ability of the poster in representing the key concepts diagrammatically with clear label and clear legends.
  • Conciseness: The poster should be technically well written in a way that the audiences grasp the concept very quickly.
  • Flow: The ability of the poster to have logical sequence in a way reader can navigate easily.
  • Accuracy and Relevance of Information Presented: The poster content should be accurate free from errors.
  • Grammar/Spelling: Posters should be free from grammar and spelling mistakes.
  • Attributions: The ability of the poster to acknowledge the rest of their team member (if any) and references to the literature.

Organising Committee
  • Maryam Bayati, SCI/ Northumbria University 
  • Reace Edwards, SCI/ University of Chester
  • Geraint Evans, SCI/ Beacontech Ltd
  • Mark Harrison, SCI/ Chair, SCI Energy Group
  • Patrick Kitt, SCI/ eContracting Limited
Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561
Email: conferences@soci.org