William G. Gilroy | January 5, 2016
Joan Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant for research that could fundamentally change the way the country uses and produces energy.
Brennecke received the grant from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to study how ionic liquids, or salt in a liquid state, can improve the efficiency and economics of the carbon dioxide (CO2) capture process. Ionic liquids require less energy than today’s approaches to capturing CO2. Brennecke will study the encapsulation of solid compounds that turn into an ionic liquid when they react with CO2 and turn back into a solid when the CO2 is released.