25 November 2011 17:01 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Chemical firms, research institutes and governments need to cooperate closely to explore ways of utilising carbon dioxide (CO2) as a raw material for the production of chemicals, plastics and other products, experts said on Friday following a conference in Aachen, Germany.
“The use of CO2 as a raw material is an important and promising international field of research,” said Walter Leithner, a professor of technical chemistry at ?xml:namespace>
However, success in this field requires strong inter-disciplinary cooperation between science and research institutes, universities, industry, and governments, Leithner said.
Gabriele Centi, professor of technical chemistry at
“We are still far from having identified all those areas,” Centi said.
As one example of cooperation, the experts pointed to a project between
The project aims to produce high-value plastics from CO2, with the carbon from the CO2 replacing part of the oil needed in the production process.
The conference at Aachen University gathered about 70 experts from a number of countries, including the US, France, Italy and Germany, as well as representative from the EU Commission and Germany’s federal research ministry.
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