Professor Ray W K Allen FREng, FIChemE, CSci, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield will introduce the latest development in the re-utilisation of carbon dioxide at the Royal Academy of Engineering regional lecture tonight.

In his lecture Carbon dioxide emissions: are we wasting a valuable resource? Professor Allen will examine ways of re-using CO2, a greenhouse gas linked to climate change, rather than discarding it into the atmosphere.

The talk will look at the challenges involved in separating CO2 from other flue gases and transforming it into new products in a sustainable and convenient way.

Professor Allen said: "CO2 is produced in the combustion of fossil fuels. It is the second largest by-product of this process and at the moment it is almost entirely discarded as waste. If we could find an appropriate way to capture it and re-use it, we could turn it from a greenhouse gas into an affordable and more sustainable resource."

The lecture will be accompanied by a poster competition for young engineering researchers and it is free and open to members of the public as well as university staff, students and alumni.

Following the lecture, there will be a drinks reception to which all attendees are invited.

Notes for editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

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