• KCC Conference 2020
Carbon Capture and Utilization - Challenges and Opportunities
Auditorium between buildings 2&3

Carbon Capture and Utilization - Challenges and Opportunities

​​We are pleased to organize the 4th KAUST Research Conference: Carbon Capture and Utilization - Challenges and Opportunities

According to the 2016 energy statistics, the share of fossil fuels in primary energy demand is approx. 81%, resulting in the annual anthropogenic CO2 emission of over 32 Gton. To meet the future energy demand and to minimize the impact on the environment, carbon dioxide thus represents one of the most challenging issues and opportunities of the 21st century. The development of new technologies involving the design of new processes and the understanding and development of new materials and catalysts, is needed to enable cost‐effective CO2‐capture processes and CO2-conversion to valuable chemicals or fuels. 

Carbon Capture and Utilization is of great interest to KAUST, the Kingdom and the scientific community. The objective of this conference is thus to serve as a platform for the research community at KAUST and across the world to receive an in-depth understanding of the challenges existing in this field and the potential strategies to address them through vivid discussions, exchanging innovative ideas and presenting new research findings from professionals across the world. To that end, KCC and AMPM research Centers join forces to co-organize a conference focused on the economic and scientific analysis of CO2‐capture materials and processes along with the development of efficient catalytic routes for the activation and conversion of CO2.

For this conference to be successful, we will bring together some of the brightest and most influential minds to discuss:
1. The overall perspective of carbon capture and utilization in mitigating climate change.
2. New materials and processes for CO2 capture under various conditions.
3. Novel catalysis and synthetic protocols and the opportunities for converting CO2 to value added chemicals.
4. Challenges in environmental and industrial utilization of CO2, including alternative

energy sources.

An accompanying poster session will be held on Feb 25 in the Library from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On behalf of KCC and the Conference Organizing Committee, we welcome all our participants and hope for a productive and enjoyable stay at KAUST and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Kuo-Wei Huang,Professor of Chemical Science,
Conference Chair.