Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to formic acid (2017–2020)
This project aims to develop economical and scalable carbon dioxide (CO2) electrochemical technologies to
convert CO2 in blast furnace flue gas to formic acid as a value-added product in steel-making plant. It provides a
promising solution to reduce CO2 emission for the steel industry but is also applicable to coal-fired power plants.
The project seeks to develop new electrochemical catalysts, to optimise the structure of electrodes and ultimately
improve CO2 conversion efficiency and reaction selectivity towards formic acid. The expected outcomes include
novel catalytic materials, a design for an electrochemical CO2 conversion reactor, and an energy-management
strategy to implement this technology into industrial applications.