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Nanomaterials and processes for carbon capture and conversion into useful by-products for a sustainable energy future

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  • Michael Ashley,

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    1. Center for Nano Science and Technology and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 72204, USA
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    • These authors contributed equally

    • Notre Dame Nanotechnology Undergraduate Research Fellow (NURF)

  • Charles Magiera,

    1. Center for Nano Science and Technology and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
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    • These authors contributed equally

    • Notre Dame Vincent P Slatt Undergraduate Research Fellow

  • Punnamchandar Ramidi,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 72204, USA
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    • Notre Dame Vincent P Slatt Undergraduate Research Fellow

  • Gary Blackburn,

    1. Center for Nano Science and Technology, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA and Department of Mechanical Engineering, Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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  • Timothy G Scott,

    1. Center for Nano Science and Technology and Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
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  • Rajeev Gupta,

    1. Department of Physics, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun 248007, India
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  • Kerry Wilson,

    1. Innovation Park, University of Notre Dame, IN 46617, USA
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  • Anindya Ghosh,

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    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 72204, USA
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 72204, USA
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  • Abhijit Biswas

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    1. Center for Nano Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
    • Center for Nano Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
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Abstract

This review provides a comprehensive reflection of the recent advances in nanomaterials and processes for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and conversion. It is divided into two sections: carbon capture, and conversion into useful by-products. The latest developments in nanotechnology-enabled carbon capture processes along with an overview of the conventional technologies for carbon capture are described. Descriptions of by-product conversion include conversion into important chemicals, liquid fuels, and hydrocarbon such as carbonate, methane, methanol, and formic acid. Finally, perspectives on the future directions in carbon capture and storage technology are presented. © 2012 Society of Chemical Industry and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

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