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Carbon neutral futures

Driving us towards a clean and sustainable future

Our primary objective is to make a substantial impact on carbon emissions from the energy and chemical sectors.

To achieve this goal we are spearheading the development of transformative chemical engineering systems, processes, and pioneering materials. Through our innovative approach, we strive to contribute significantly to the realisation of net zero targets.

Key focus areas

Our experts: Professor Ali Abbas, Professor PJ Cullen, Professor Jun Huang, Professor Deanna D'Allesandro, Professor Timothy Langrish, Dr Fengwang Li, Dr David Wang

We're focusing on capturing, utilising and reducing carbon dioxide through advanced chemical engineering based on novel materials.

This includes, for example, developing membranes to provide high selectivity and permeability for CO2, liquid metal systems for converting CO2 and metal-organic framework for capturing CO2.

We're also developing novel catalysts for reducing carbon dioxide production in chemical processes and improve energy efficiency in thermal power production through process optimisation.

Our experts: Professor Yuan Chen, Professor Zongwen Liu, Professor PJ Cullen

Energy storage is becoming a key part of our economy. Whether in our phones, tablets, laptops or electric vehicles, batteries and supercapacitors will facilitate a carbon neutral future by storing energy from renewable power systems for later use.

Our focus is on new materials and technologies for primary and secondary energy storage in batteries, ranging from wearable textile batteries to grid-connected chemical plants storing energy from renewable sources.

Our experts: Professor Yuan Chen, Professor PJ Cullen, Professor Jun Huang, Dr Fengwang Li, Dr Li Wei, Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh

The efficient energy conversion between renewable energy sources and chemical fuels opens new paths towards a sustainable future.

Our work focuses on scientific research and technological development of novel catalysts for water electrolysers, power to x, green transformation of organic materials into fuels, and various fuel cells.

We're also working on improved methane conversion processes and large-scale clean energy production.