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Tri-state Research Institute of Manufacturing for Managing CO2 (TRIMMing CO2)


Mission & Synopsis

Tri-state Research Institute of Manufacturing for Managing CO2 (TRIMMing CO2) is a research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The mission of TRIMMing CO2 is to develop efficient, environmentally compatible approaches for capturing, utilizing, and converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into valuable chemicals.

In the atmosphere, CO2 is a greenhouse gas, which is emitted primarily by the consumption of fossil fuels. Vast emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere have been linked to global warming and climate change; strategies for capturing CO2 can help mitigate the environmental impact of human activity, while its utilization and conversion into added-value products can turn this pollutant into a valuable resource, beneficial to our society.

TRIMMing CO2 involves a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, and West Virginia University. The team will conduct collaborative research, working in close interaction with students, and postdocs at the institutes, and industrial partners, and national laboratories.

A crucial objective of TRIMMing CO2 is to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in cutting-edge science, by incorporating educational initiatives and public engagement into research activities.

A list of research areas of expertise of the TRIMMing CO2 team members are listed below:

  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials design and characterization
  • Manufacturing
  • Spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry
  • Multi-scale modelling
  • Machine learning
  • Techno-economic analysis

For a detailed description of the award, visit the NSF award page for the RII Track-2 FEC: Tri-state Research Institute of Manufacturing for Managing CO2 (TRIMMing CO2).