Carbon dioxide – raw material of the future

by | Sep 9, 2013

2nd CO2-Conference on Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Chemistry and Polymers in "Haus der Technik" Essen, Germany, October 7th to 9th 2013

A new paradigm for the industrial chemical production has arisen over the last few years: the CO2 economy. According to this vision, CO2 is no longer seen as a waste product with dangerous environmental effects but increasingly as a feedstock for chemicals, fuels or polymers. This vision has been gaining momentum and is now emerging from the research laboratories as a serious alternative path to securing the constant supply of carbon atoms the industrial chemistry sector will continue to need for their production cycles, even in a world where fossil resources are completely depleted.

13-08-28 CO2_Folder.inddFor the second year in a row, the conference “CO2 as chemical feedstock – a challenge for sustainable chemistry” will concentrate on this topic. It will be held on 7 – 9 October 2013 in the “Haus der Technik” in Essen, Germany and will be the biggest event on Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) in 2013. More than 300 participants from the leading industrial and academic players in CO2 utilization are expected to attend the conference and share their recent success stories, as well as new ideas and products in realization.

Several new technologies will be presented and discussed by representatives from institutions, the industry and academia such as the International Energy Agency (IAE) (Paris), the European chemical industry represented by CEFIC (Brussels), the Virgin Earth Challenge (London), Evonik (DE), BASF (DE), Climeworks (CH), Tecnalia (ES), Carbon Recycling International (IS), Bayer MaterialScience (DE), LanzaTech (NZ), CSIRO from Australia, the Wuppertal Institute (DE), Prof. Sang-Eon Park from South Korea or Prof. Gabriele Centi from the University of Messina (IT).

Session overview
1st Day (7 October 2013):
Political framework, visions and feedstock
•    CO2 economy – visions, drivers and framework
•    Sustainability aspects on a CO2 econom
•    CO2 purification and technical preparation

2nd Day (8 October 2013):
Chemicals and Energy from CO2
•    Construction materials based on CO2
•    CO2 as carbon source for an innovative organic chemistry
•    CO2 as energy carrier
•    Artificial photosynthesis

3rd Day (9 October 2013):
Polymers from CO2
•    Polymers based on CO2 utilization
•    Building blocks from CO2

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