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Thermal CO2 reduction to short chain olefins by encapsulated nanocrystals

Precourt Institute for Energy

PI: Matteo Cargnello, Chemical Engineering

Student: Aisulu Aitbekova


Project Summary

Olefins are a very important kind of hydrocarbon, needed to make many compounds, like plastics. Currently, olefins are prepared from byproducts of natural gas and oil in a process that uses much energy and emits a lot of greenhouse gases. This project will attempt to overcome a barrier to an appealing alternative to this process—thermal reduction of carbon dioxide with renewable hydrogen. The scientists hope to strongly control the reaction with microporous structures to produce short-chain olefins with remarkable energy and environmental savings.



1. Aitbekova, A., Wu, L.,Wrasman, C. J., Boubnov, A., Hoffman, A. S., Bare, S. R., Cargnello, M. , 2018. “Low-temperature Restructuring  of  CeO2-supported  Ru Nanoparticles Determines Selectivity  in  CO2 Catalytic Reduction.”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140, 13736

2. Aitbekova, A., Goodman, E. D., Wu,L., Boubnov,A., Hoffman,A. S., Genc, A., Cheng, H., Casalena, L., Bare, S.  R., Cargnello, M. 2019. “Engineering  of Ruthenium-iron Oxide Heterostructures Improves Yields  in  CO2 Hydrogenation to Hydrocarbons.”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 58, 17451.

3. Aitbekova, A.*, Wrasman,C.J.*, Riscoe, A. R., Kunz, L. Y., Cargnello, M. 2020“Determining Number of Sites on Ceria Stabilizing Single Atoms via Metal Nanoparticle Redispersion.”, Chin. J. Catal. 41, 998

4. Aitbekova, A.; Lezama-Pacheco, J. S.; Goodman, E.; Yang, A.-C.; Stebbins, J. F.; Cargnello, M. “Stable and Sinter-resistant Alumina Encapsulated Platinum Combustion Catalyst”, in preparation.

5. Aitbekova, A., Wu, L., Bare, S. R., Cargnello, M. June 2019.  “Low-temperature Restructuring of CeO2-supported Ru Nanoparticles Determines Selectivity in COCatalytic Reduction.”,NAM. 

6. Aitbekova, A., Wu, L., Bare, S. R., Cargnello, M. June 2018. “Low-temperature Restructuring of CeO2-supported Ru Nanoparticles  Determines  Selectivity  in  CO2 Catalytic  Reduction.”, Fundamentals  and  Applications  of Cerium Dioxide in Catalysis.