Thomas Reichbauer, M.Sc.
CO2 is the main driver for global warming. Therefore, a main effort of society in the future will be the reduction of the CO2 emissions. But CO2 can also be used as a carbon source for valuable chemicals. A first step towards chemicals like butanol and hexanol is the direct electrochemical reduction to CO.1 Energy efficiency is crucial, to be competitive to fossil-based chemicals.
In my work I’m focusing on alternative routes towards the electrochemical production of CO. Cell design, ion management, continuous operation, productivity are key targets.
 Haas T, Krause R, Weber R, Demler M, Schmid G. Technical photosynthesis involving CO2 electrolysis and fermentation. Nature Catalysis, 2018, 1, 32-39. doi:10.1038/s41929-017-0005-1