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Perspective on catalyst investigation for CO2 conversion and related issues

LIU Changjun1, GUO Qiuting1, YE Jingyun1, SUN Kaihang1, FAN Zhigang1, GE Qingfeng1,2   

  1. 1 Collaborative Innovation Centre of Chemical Science and Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China;
    2 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
  • Received:2015-09-23 Revised:2015-11-05 Online:2016-01-05
  • Supported by:

    supported by the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China(20225618) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21536008).


CO2 utilization has received worldwide attention. Effective utilization of CO2 becomes an urgent challenge. As such, developing catalysts and catalytic processes for effective CO2 conversion will contribute positively to reducing net CO2 emission. Recent developments of catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol, CO2 methanation and CO2 reforming of methane have been briefly reviewed. In particular, novel catalysts developed through computational catalysis and intensified catalyst preparation were presented. The importance of CO2 anion in CO2 reduction has been discussed. The plasma enhanced catalyst preparation was used as an example to demonstrate the importance of the multi-disciplinary efforts. Catalysts with optimized structures for heat transfer performance and distribution of active sites for CO2 conversion have also been discussed. Because of the complexity of global warming, some issues (for example the influence of change in the terrestrial magnetic field induced by human activity) are still not clear and call for more fundamental studies.

Key words: carbon dioxide, catalyst, hydrogenation, methanation, reforming

CLC Number: 

  • TQ21

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