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Carbon Dioxide Recycling: Emerging Large-Scale Technologies with Industrial Potential

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  • Dr. Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli,

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    1. Université de Lyon, ICL, C2P2 UMR 5265 LCOMS (CNRS–CPE Lyon–Univ. Lyon 1), Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, BP 2077, 69616 Villeurbanne cedex (France)
    • Université de Lyon, ICL, C2P2 UMR 5265 LCOMS (CNRS–CPE Lyon–Univ. Lyon 1), Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, BP 2077, 69616 Villeurbanne cedex (France)
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  • Prof. Gabriele Centi,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale ed Ingegneria dei Materiali, University of Messina and INSTM/CASPE, V.le F. Stagno D'Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina (Italy), Fax: (+39) 090 391518
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  • Dr. Jean-Luc Duplan,

    1. IFP Energies nouvelles-Lyon, Rond-point de l'échangeur de Solaize BP-3, 69360 Solaize (France)
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  • Prof. Siglinda Perathoner

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale ed Ingegneria dei Materiali, University of Messina and INSTM/CASPE, V.le F. Stagno D'Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina (Italy), Fax: (+39) 090 391518
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Abstract

This Review introduces this special issue of ChemSusChem dedicated to CO2 recycling. Its aim is to offer an up-to-date overview of CO2 chemical utilization (inorganic mineralization, organic carboxylation, reduction reactions, and biochemical conversion), as a continuation and extension of earlier books and reviews on this topic, but with a specific focus on large-volume routes and projects/pilot plants that are currently emerging at (pre-)industrial level. The Review also highlights how some of these routes will offer a valuable opportunity to introduce renewable energy into the existing energy and chemical infrastructure (i.e., “drop-in” renewable energy) by synthesis of chemicals from CO2 that are easy to transport and store. CO2 conversion therefore has the potential to become a key pillar of the sustainable and resource-efficient production of chemicals and energy from renewables.

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