USorb-DAC: ground-breaking research in fight against climate change

Heriot-Watt University has received $2M funding from the “Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment” to find materials that can remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and can drastically reduce the energy intensity and cost of the Direct Air Capture (DAC) process, so that it can scale rapidly and contribute to fighting climate change.

By coupling basic science with engineering and environmental aspects, the project’s team will develop an in-depth understanding of materials structure-property-performance relationships across different time scales and under relevant and realistic DAC operation conditions.  

To achieve this goal, USorb-DAC unites the efforts of world-leading research teams from Heriot-Watt University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich in Switzerland, University of California Berkeley in the USA, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France.

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