The University of Notre Dame is working toward a better method for capturing carbon dioxide, the powerful greenhouse gas associated with fossil fuel based electricity generation. Various institutions and companies have attempted to do so, but results have been limited. Current alternatives would significantly increase the price of electric power.

However, Notre Dame has identified what could be the most economically ideal ionic liquid absorbent, after narrowing from hundreds of possibilities.

Experts at the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center were tasked to conduct economic evaluation and engineer a process using the solvent developed by Notre Dame. Next, MATRIC will conduct an experimental simulation of the overall process using a pilot plant.

“Our job is to embed their best solvent into our best engineering,” according to George Keller, MATRIC chief engineer. The end objective is to establish an affordable solution for industry and reduce overall CO2 emissions, he said.