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Can enzymes help address the climate crisis?

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Tamsin Samuels.

Grab some lunch from the Darwin servery and enjoy an interesting science talk and discussion over lunch (talk starts 13.10, so make sure you're seated by then). Looking forward to seeing you there.

Humanity is facing a climate crisis, with our fossil fuel consumption driving an unsustainable increase in global temperatures. While electrification can replace many applications of fossil fuels, the chemicals industry requires carbon neutral or even negative feedstocks, and some transport methods such as air travel mean the energy density of a chemical fuel is still required. In the last 30 years electrochemical CO2 reduction has emerged as an approach to make fuels and chemicals, allowing the potential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere or prevent its release at source. Nature however beat humanity by millenia, using the calvin cycle to turn CO2 into biomass. This talk will discuss what we can learn from nature to improve our ability to convert CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals, and maybe one day, reach the ultimate goal of negative carbon emission chemicals using direct air capture.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Science Seminars series.

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