The 2015 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on "Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage: Defining the Frontiers" is the first in this series. This GRC will present cutting-edge research on in the fields of carbon capture, carbon storage (geological, mineralization, etc.), CO2 utilization/conversion, and policy related to these themes. The Conference will bring together a collection of investigators who are at the forefront of their areas, and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. All poster presenters will be invited to give brief previews of their posters. The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an avenue for the much needed interactions between scientists from different disciplines in CCUS to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.
The chairs for this Gordon Research Conference have agreed to reserve funding for the participation of students and postdocs from the RCN-CCUS network. We therefore encourage your Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to apply. Full funding cannot be guaranteed for all applicants, but an effort will be made to reduce their registration fees. Because these GRCs tend to be oversubscribed, we suggest that you register early. Success of this inaugural conference on Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage will make it possible to continue it as a permanent conference series, which will occur for many years after the end of the RCN-CCUS network. We look forward to your participation.
A list of preliminary session topics and speakers is displayed below (discussion leaders are noted with a star). The detailed program is currently being developed by the Conference Chair and will be available by January 31, 2015. Please check back for updates.
- Energy Policies and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage
(Jeffrey Reimer* / Robert Socolow / Jeffrey Sachs)
- Engineering and Scientific Challenges in Carbon Capture
(George Richards* / Olav Boland / Lei Fang / Klaus Lackner)
- Fundamentals and Challenges of Geological Storage
(Roger Aines* / Sally Benson / Juerg Matter)
- Fundamentals and Challenges on CO2 Utilization
(Herve Toulhoat* / Paul Kenis / Martin Saar / Suojiang Zhang)
- Novel Materials for Carbon Capture
(Paul Fennell* / Jennifer Wilcox / Krista Walton)
- Barriers Towards Large-Scale CCUS
(Herve Toulhoat* / Julio Friedmann / Sarah Forbes / Jon Gibbins)
- Emerging Technologies for Carbon Capture
(Jeffrey Reimer* / Sasha Mackler / Marco Mazotti)
- Technical Challenges in Large-Scale Geological Storage
(Jan Brouwer* / Joshua White / Andrew Cavanagh)
- Novel Routes to Use CO2
(G. Tayhas Palmore* / John Hansen / Amin Salehi)
Chair: Berend Smit, UC Berkeley
Vice Chair: Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park, Columbia University