Reactive Carbon Capture Workshop

The virtual ARPA-E Reactive Carbon Capture Workshop was hosted by Program Directors Dr. Jack Lewnard and Dr. David Tew on Wednesday & Thursday, February 2 & 3, 2022.  The workshop brought together thought leaders with backgrounds in fuel synthesis, carbon capture, and process engineering (among others) to identify opportunities and potentially transformational technology approaches for inexpensive conversion of diffuse or point-source CO2 to high-value chemical intermediates and/or fuel products. ARPA-E’s goal is to look beyond existing paradigms for fuels/chemicals production and existing technology development roadmaps to identify transformative R&D pathways for highly integrated processes that produce carbon neutral chemicals/fuels from captured CO2 feedstocks.  The workshop helped inform technology targets for transformational carbon recycling processes that redefine how we manage and use carbon for fuels and chemicals.

Time (EST)




12:00 PM


Nancy Hicks

Meetings Team, Booz Allen Hamilton

12:05 PM


Dr. Jennifer Gerbi

Deputy Director for Technology, ARPA-E

12:10 PM

Climate and Infrastructure Friendly Hydrocarbon Fuels and Chemicals
via CO2 Recycling

Dr. Jack Lewnard

Program Director, ARPA-E

12:30 PM

Need for a Paradigm Shift in Carbon Sourcing


Dr. David Babson

Program Director, ARPA-E

Session 1 – Needs and Challenges in Carbon to X

1:00 PM

The Potential Impact of Combining Carbon Capture and Utilization

Dr. Ian Robinson

Fellow, ARPA-E

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM


1:45 PM

Challenges of Creating Impactful Value from Carbon Dioxide

Dr. Robert Zeller

Oxy Low-Carbon Ventures

2:15 PM

Customers Panel

Customers of Fuels/Chemicals

  • Aviation – Dr. James Hileman, FAA
  • – Maritime – Torben Nørgaard, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • – Chemicals Dr. Jeff Siirola, Purdue University

Moderated by Kirk Liu (T2M Advisor, ARPA-E)

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM


Breakout Session 1 - Challenges in Carbon Utilization Technologies

3:15 PM

Group 1



Group 2



Group 3



Group 4



Group 5



Group 6


4:30 PM

Day 1 Concluding Remarks

Dr. Jack Lewnard

ARPA-E Program Director

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Session - Gatherly


Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Day 2

Session 2 – Identifying Crosscuts and Synergies in Conversion to Products

12:00 PM

Day 2 Opening Remarks

Dr. David Tew

ARPA-E Program Director

12:10 PM

Electrochemical CO2 Utilization

Professor Ted Sargent

Northwestern University

12:40 PM

Reactive Carbon Capture: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities

Dr. Josh Schaidle

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

1:10 PM – 1:30 PM


Breakout Session 2: Potential Technology Solutions for Carbon to X

1:30 PM

Group 1 – Biochemical


Group 2 – Thermochemical


Group 3a – Electrochemical


Group 3b – Electrochemical


Group 4  - Plasma Catalysis


Group 5 – Process Synergies

2:30 PM

Reactive CO2Capture | DAC-DFM

Dr. Raghubir Gupta

Susteon Technologies

3:00 PM

National Carbon Capture Center: Building a Successful Test Collaboration

Frank Morton

Southern Company/NCCC

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


3:45 PM

Industry Panel

Fuels/Chemicals Producers

  • – Dr. Sumit Verma - Shell
  • – Dr. Rob McGinnis - Prometheus Fuels
  • – John Murphy - The Catalyst Group
  • – Dr. Carl Stevens/Dr. Richard Willis - Honeywell UOP
  • – Dr. Todd Wilke - Carbon Engineering

Moderated by Dr. Ian Robinson (Fellow, ARPA-E)

4:30 PM

Wrap-up and Breakout Readout

Dr. Jack Lewnard

ARPA-E Program Director



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