GW Researcher Advances to the Final Round of NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE

April 09, 2018

A team of George Washington University researchers have been named as finalists in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition. The team’s project C2CNT, which stands for Carbon dioxide to Carbon NanoTubes, is one of 10 finalists advancing to the final round.

The C2CNT team is led by Department of Chemistry Professor Stuart Licht. This technology uses low-energy, low-cost technology developed in Dr. Licht’s lab located at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) into widely useful and highly valued products (eg: carbon nanotubes).Carbon nanotubes are lighter-weight alternatives to metals and are strong and highly conductive. They are currently used in airline bodies such as the Boeing Dreamliner, high-end sports cars, and nanoelectronics and to store energy in electric vehicle batteries.

The GW C2CNT team is focused on a comprehensive solution to climate change, a principal challenge facing the planet today.For the final round of the competition, which runs until 2020, Dr. Licht and the C2CNT team will convert CO2 emissions from a natural gas-fired power plant in Alberta, Canada, for a chance at winning the grand prize.