CO2 is both reactant and product in living organisms and thus substantial part of the materials cycles of life. Furthermore, due to its physical and chemical properties, it is an important factor influencing the state of the atmosphere and hydrosphere.

The temperature of the atmosphere is strongly influenced by the concentration of CO2 in it due to its infrared radiation absorbing properties; likewise the pH-value of the oceans is directly linked to the CO2 content in them. With the large emission of CO2 caused by the massive use of fossil fuels for energy, the content in atmosphere and oceans is steadily increasing with unpredictable consequences (IPCC).

Although negative or at least constant CO2 emission is required in order to limit the extent of global warming, carbon-based liquid fuels will in the foreseeable future continue to be an important source of stored energy. We want to contribute to this discrepancy by research and development of new ideas aiming for a mitigation of anthropogenic CO2-emissions. This includes

  • research and development in renewable energy: production, storage, conversion
  • materials science on CO2-capture
  • CO2-utilization, e.g. as a starting product for fuel production (power-to-gas, power-to-liquid)
  • measurement and assessment of CO2 emissions from industrial processes
  • investigation of the influence of chemical processes on atmospheric CO2 on corrosion