The project will work on the following major objectives on the way to the efficient production of chemicals from CO2:
- Production, characterization and optimization of suitable diamond materials (Work package 1)
- Identification of optimal forms of nanostructured diamond and surface modifications (Work package 2)
- Investigation of the diamond photo-excitation process in liquid from experimental and theoretical perspectives (Work package 3)
- Characterisation of the chemical reactions which are driven by the solvated electrons in “green” solvents like water or ionic liquids and reaction conditions to maximise product yields (Work package 4)
- Demonstration of the feasibility of the direct reduction of CO2 in a laboratory environment (Work package 5)
The ultimate outcome of the project will be the development of a novel technology for the direct transformation of CO2 into organic chemicals using illumination with visible light. On a larger perspective, this technology will make an important contribution to a future sustainable chemical production as man-made diamond is a low cost industrial material identified to be environmentally friendly.
The approach of the DIACAT consortium lays the foundation for the removal and transformation of carbon dioxide and at the same time a chemical route to store and transport energy from renewable sources. This will have a transformational impact on society as whole by bringing new opportunities for sustainable production and growth.