Research Project Profile

Development of State-of-the-Art NMR Spectroscopy and Imaging for Utilization and Sequestration of CO2

A schematic of the experimental hardware developed at WashU for these experiments.
Proof-of-concept experiments show that both the precursor and end-products can be detected using NMR.

Project summary

Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is currently being pursued as a means of reducing net carbon dioxide (CO2) output from power plant sources by capturing the CO2 then utilizing it or sequestering it. Geological sequestration and chemical utilization of CO2 as a feedstock chemical are actively being explored as possible mechanisms for reducing net anthropogenic CO2 release.

CCS has a number of technical and scientific challenges involving CO2, which our research aims to address. These questions span a broad range of topics, including:

1. Geological sequestration

2. Utilization

We are currently developing a new and unique set of in situ spectroscopic tools which will be able to study these different mitigation systems using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements.

Finding Solutions to Ensure Clean,
Reliable Energy