Raman spectroscopic study on the solubility of CO2 in water in a fused silica capillary reactor

With the development of social and economic structures, and an increase in energy consumption, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere has increased rapidly. This increase is regarded as one of the greatest factors in global warming. Capturing CO2 from large stationary sources and inject it into deep saline aquifers is being considered as part of a possible mitigation strategy to reduce anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. However, in order to make this a reality, it is necessary to enhance the reliability of numerical simulations for CO2 storage capacity of specific saline aquifers. This project will use the experimental method to measure the solubility of CO2 in water from 293 to 363K and from 3MPa to 30MPa. The data collected should provide the CO2 solubility data needed to increase the numerical reliability. The end goal is to move a step closer to making the storage of CO2 in saline aquifers a safe and plausible way to reduce the emissions that are a leading factor in global warming.

Faculty Supervisor:

Jesse Zhu


Meghan Vissers



Engineering - chemical / biological



Western University


Globalink Research Award

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