Development of novel lignocellulosic biomass-derived electrocatalysts for CO2 conversion into valuable chemical feedstocks to strengthen local circular economy
The increase in energy demand and global warming are prompting researchers to turn to renewable energies. Lignocellulosic biomass is projected to be among the strategic renewable energy sources by 2035. In addition to biofuels, the biomass transformation produces other value-added materials, prominently carbon materials (e.g., graphite, graphene) with extraordinary properties, which are a potential class for various applications. The current project aims to upgrade the biomass pyrolysis to improve the quality of the obtained products and their ownership to meet the current needs of new growth markets. Principally, through this upgraded process, novel and efficient catalysts will be produced for advanced conversion of CO2 to valuable chemical products, thus contributing to the fight against climate change. This supports the development of a circular economy in the province by diversifying products from biomass. It will be part of projects for new bioindustry parks where CO2 recovery is presented as an opportunity rather than a climatic constraint.