The University of Michigan is a highly collaborative institution both internally across disciplines and externally through international partnerships. Home to over 100 programs ranked in the Top 10 in their respective areas of research, the University of Michigan seeks to discover and disseminate breakthrough innovations at disciplinary interfaces to solve complex sustainability challenges and improve lives at the local and global level.

The Global CO2 Initiative at University of Michigan will focus on technologies, processes and policies to increase the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the global carbon cycle and help identify and support technologies that are scalable.

MISSION

To transform CO2 into commercially successful products using a system-level process of technology assessment, technology development and commercialization, accomplished through convening and downstream promotion in partnership with entities around the world.

VISION

To identify and pursue commercially sustainable approaches that reduce atmospheric CO2 levels by 10% of current emissions per year.

LEADERSHIP

Volker Sick

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Associate Vice President for Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering

Volker Sick brings to the Global CO2 Initiative years of experience as a leading scientist and administrator.  As associate vice president for research, natural sciences and engineering, Professor Volker Sick serves as liaison between the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) and scholarly and creative activities across the university in the natural sciences and engineering. As a senior member of the OVPR administrative team, he helps orchestrate major interdisciplinary initiatives, such as the Global CO2 Initiative, leads a translational research program, deals with policy issues and works with Federal Relations for Research to promote the university’s research agenda. His research focuses on developing and applying optical imaging techniques to enable studies of mass and energy transfer with uses in research on reacting flow systems, such as internal combustion engines, waste water treatment. These techniques are also used for human eye disease monitoring.

Professor Sick teaches courses that provide strong experiential experiences, such as a Mechanical Engineering laboratory course, the International Engineering Summer School at TU Berlin, and Techlab@Mcity. Professor Sick received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service, including the President’s Award for Distinguished Service in International Education, the Combustion Institute Silver Medal, and the SAE International Leadership Citation. He serves as the Editor of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and on the editorial board of Experiments in Fluids and Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He is a Fellow of SAE International and the Combustion Institute.

Miheala Banu

Startup co-founder

Mihaela Banu develops natural fiber composites - green composites - with high mechanical properties such as strength and stiffness.

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Susan Fancy

Program Director, Energy Institute

Susan Fancy specializes in managing projects and processes at the intersection of energy and climate.

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Jonathan Fay

Executive Director CFE

Jonathan Fay focuses his efforts on facilitating and inspiring entrepreneurship and innovation in PhDs, Postdocs, and Faculty.

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Greg Keoleian

Founder/Director, Center for Sustainability Studies (CSS)

Greg Keoleian’s research focuses on the development and application of life cycle models and sustainability metrics to guide the design and improvement of products and technology.

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Nicholas Kotov

Catalysis for CO2 use, serial entrepreneur

Nicholas Kotov is working on conceptual foundations and technical realizations of biomimetic nanostructures.

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Victor Li

World-leading innovations in concrete

Victor Li leads the research group that invented the world's most ductile concrete in use in tall buildings and long bridges today.

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Shelie Miller

Co-lead faculty at CSS

Anna Stephanopoulou

Energy Institute Director

Anna Stefanopoulou is the Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute, which co-supports the Global CO2 Initiative.

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Alan Taub

LIFT, new Michigan Materials Research Institute

Alan Taub develops reinforced natural fibers by adding nanoparticles (carbon nanotubes and/or metal nanoparticles) in the plants as they are growing so that the uptake nanoparticles can be naturally incorporated into the fibers or leaves.

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Ralph Yang

CO2 capture and use techniques

Direct CO2 capture from power plants and chemical processing facilities offers an effective path to avoid CO2 release into the atmosphere.

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The Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan combines the assets of CO2 Sciences, founded by Bernard J. David, with what was previously the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative at the U-M Energy Institute. Both endeavors aimed to accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide was removed from the atmosphere. The board of CO2 Sciences elected to combine its assets with U-M in order to leverage its resources and ecosystem.

The Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan combines the assets of CO2 Sciences, founded by Bernard J. David, with what was previously the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative at the U-M Energy Institute. Both endeavors aimed to accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide was removed from the atmosphere. The board of CO2 Sciences elected to combine its assets with U-M in order to leverage its resources and ecosystem.

The Global CO2 Initiative at the University of Michigan is fortunate to have the support of a global network of partners across various sectors and causes. From individual supporters such as Mac McQuown to international organizations such as Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, we aim to expand the network of individuals and institutions pursuing a common mission in deploying CO2 removal and utilization technology.

Industry, Government & Philanthropic Partners

Industry, Government & Philanthropic Partners