Redox and Nonredox CO2Utilization: Dry Reforming of Methane and Catalytic Cyclic Carbonate Formation

Saravanan Subramanian, Youngdong Song, Doyun Kim, Cafer T. Yavuz*

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CO2 emissions are too large to tackle with a single process, but a combination of avoidance with chemical utilization may be able to slow global warming. In this Focus Review, we identify two large-scale CO2 conversion processes based on their viability and opposite energy requirements. In the high-energy, stationary path, CO2 reforming of methane could provide gigatons of CO2 utilization through synthesis gas. The main problem is the lack of a durable, effective, low-cost dry reforming catalyst. The exothermic cyclic carbonate formation from CO2 and organic epoxides offers a low-energy, mobile, nonredox route. The catalysts, however, must be metal-free and robust, have a high surface area, and be low-cost while being easily scalable. These two processes could potentially address at least a quarter of all current CO2 emissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1689-1700
Number of pages12
JournalACS Energy Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 8 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. NRF-2016R1A2B4011027, NRF-2017M3A7B4042140, and NRF-2017M3A7B4042235). S.S. thanks DST, India for the INSPIRE Faculty award (DST/INSPIRE/04-I/2017/000003).

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Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society.

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Materials Chemistry


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