Kitchin Group Research Portfolio
Our group utilizes chemistry, catalysis and engineering to develop solutions to energy and environment related problems such as CO2 capture and efficient energy conversion. We use experimental and computational methods in electrochemistry, sorbent development and heterogeneous catalysis of CO2 utilization.
There is consensus in the scientific community that man-made CO2 emissions are affecting the global climate, and that we must act to reduce our CO2 emissions to mitigate the impact on climate. Among our options for reducing CO2 emissions are reducing the carbon intensity of power generation, increasing the efficiency of our energy utilization, and capturing CO2 emissions associated with our energy usage and sequestering them somewhere to keep them out of the atmosphere. The ultimate carbon management solution will involve all of these options and will require interactions between policy makers, scientists and engineers and the public to be implemented. Our group is working on technologies that may facilitate the transformation of our energy infrastructure to be less CO2 intensive and our research may guide future decisions on the types of solutions that are technically and economically feasible, as well as environmentally responsible.
Overview of carbon management options. Our group works on the starred areas.
The figure below outlines our research projects.