The 3rd edition of CO2Oling the earth summer school was held online on 28 September 2021

This PhD school focuses on all aspects of Sustainable Industry, with a focus on Carbon dioxide Capture and Utilization (CCU) and on Electrochemistry.

Aim of the PhD school: Is it possible to scale up the system I studied during my PhD? What are the criticalities to scale up a research project from the lab bench to prototyping and to the further possible industrialization? The aim is to give a perspective on how a process is defined as sustainable and scalable, and give to the participants the tools to assess the scalability and feasibility of their project on a larger scale. The PhD school will last one day and will consist of a session with presentations from industrial partners, mainly from EU H2020 projects on CCU, followed by a workshop in which PhD students will have the chance to present their research and receive feedback and suggestions from an industrial panel on the upscalability of their work.


Presentation session (Morning, 8 presentations by industrial experts, each of 25 min + 5 min Q&A).

The presentations covered different aspects and challenges related to increasing the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and achieving scaling up industrially-relevant systems in the context of Carbon dioxide Capture and Utilization (CCU) and Electrochemistry.


PhD Workshop (Afternoon, 6 presentations by PhD students, each of 15 min followed by 10 min feedback session with the industrial panel).

The PhD students presented in concise talks the target and main achievements of their PhD project. This was be followed by a discussion with the industrial panel, in which the PhDs asked questions about important aspects for the upscalability of their research but also receive feedback and suggestions about the ways in which the results could be brought to a higher Technology Readiness Level.

Industrial Panel

  • Dr. Julia Krasovic (Avantium)
  • Dr. Bart van den Bosch (Avantium)
  • Dr. Vasileios K. Michalis (TITAN Cement Co)
  • Dr. Boyan Iliev (IoLiTec)

September 28th


Presentation Session Programme

TimeSession TitleSpeakers
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome & introduction to the summer school
Dr. Sergio Bocchini (IIT)
09:15 - 09:45
Accelerating innovation in CCU technologies: the role of industrial pilot scale demonstrations
Dr. Vasileios K. Michalis (TITAN Cement Co)
09:45 - 10:15
Ionic Liquids - novel media for CO2 absorption and conversion

Dr. Boyan Iliev (IoLiTec)

10:15 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:00
Membrane-based Post-combustion Carbon Capture and Storage
Dr. George Skevis (CERTH)
11:00 - 11:30
Amine based post combustion capture plants
Dr. Sandra Schmidt (Project manager at RWE power AG)
11:30 -12:00
Scale up of a photoelectrochemical process, SunCoChem

Prof. Simelys Hernández (Politecnico di Torino)

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
13:00 - 13:30
Advanced alkaline electrolysis: from laboratory to GW scale
Dr. Thijs de Groot (Innovation Technologist at Nobian & Assistant professor at TU/e)
13:30 - 14:20
RECODE and OCEAN: challenges and strategies for scaling up electrochemical CO2 conversion processes, New technologies for the electrochemical production of CO from CO2
Dr. Mariana Araujo and Dr. Bart van den Bosch (Avantium)
14:20 - 14:40
Coffee break

PhD workshop Programme

TimeSession TitleSpeakers
14:40 - 15:05
Valorization of gaseous industrial waste streams for bio-chemicals production using acetogenic bacteria, in a view of Circular Economy

Luca Ricci

15:05 - 15:30
An electrochemical platform for the carbon dioxide capture and conversion to syngas
Dr. Vasileios K. Michalis (TITAN Cement Co)

Alessio Mezza

15:30 - 15:55
Controlled grafting of single metal centers for industrial electrolysis processes

Daniele Sassone

15:55 - 16:20
Coffee Break
16:20 - 16:45
Modification of nanostructured tin oxide-based catalysts for CO2 valorization

Nicolò Monti

16:45 - 17:10
Ionic Liquids for Capture and Electrochemical conversion of CO2

Alessia Fortunati

17:10 -17:35
Facile and scalable synthesis of Cu2O-SnO2 catalyst for the photoelectrochemical CO2 conversion

Maddalena Zoli


The event is organized by Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Politecnico di Torino and Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the context of RECODE, SunCOChem and OCEAN projects. These projects have received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreements  No 768583 (RECODE), 862192 (SUNCOCHEM) and 767798 (OCEAN).

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