To guide the transition towards the decarbonization of the life cycle of chemicals through the industrial implementation of CO2 reduction, we combine our experimental results and reaction models with process systems engineering tools for the systematic assessment and optimization of CO2 reduction systems: 

  • Mathematical models and commercial simulators are used to build robust models of the process. Optionally, we integrate these models into other tools through surrogate models.  

  • Techno-economic analysis TEA is a powerful tool to evaluate the costs and revenues of industrial-scale facilities for CO2 reduction. 

  • Life cycle analysis is implemented to quantitatively assess the environmental impact of CO2 reduction systems and evaluate the potential of the technology to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and decarbonize the synthesis of chemicals. 

  • Mathematical optimization can be applied to enhance the technology at different levels, from process control to the supply chain. We focus on the process integration with renewable energy systems. 

These insights provide feedback to the Reactor Design team in the form of operational targets. Ana and Allison work closely with the process integration team at NREL, leveraging Ana's expertise in economic optimization of chemical processes and Allison's experience in TEAs for renewable transit during her time at RMI. At CU, Ana is also co-advised by Dr. Bri-Mathias Hodge.