People

Meet the people behind CyclicCO2R:

  • Erin Schols, TNO

    Erin Schols (née Kimball) holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton university and has, from the start of her career, been involved in sustainable technologies. She is the driving force within TNO on the utilisation of CO2 and identified as central to all CO2 utilisation projects and developments within TNO. Besides coordinating CyclicCO2R, she leads several projects on carbon capture and chemical looping combustion. The projects where she has had a leading role have included CESAR, analysing the scale-up potential of hollow fibre membrane contactors for capture of CO2; CATO-2 (Dutch national CCS project), developing novel approaches to the design of chemical looping combustion systems for power generation with inherent CO2 capture; and ITS-CLC, establishing a strong cooperation between Europe’s three largest RTOs (IFPen, TNO, and SINTEF) through regular exchanges of personnel while developing novel materials characterization techniques.


  • Richard Heyn, SINTEF

    Dr. Richard Heyn has been engaged in CO2 utilization research for 15 years. He has written a review article and a book chapter and presented six invited lectures on this topic. He has led or is currently leading a number of projects in the field, including industry-financed initiatives and a Norwegian Nationally Coordinated project (FUTUREFEED). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization and the CO2 Forum network and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of CO2 Utilization. Richard has published over 60 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.


  • Omar Sigurbjornsson, CRI

    Omar Sigurbjornsson has a M.Sc. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At CRI (Carbon Recycling International)he is responsible for managing pilot plant development and laboratory operations to develop and demonstrate technology for converting carbon emissions and renewable energy into fuels. In addition, he is responsible for developing and operating a quality control laboratory in the world’s first CO2 to methanol plant in Iceland. Omar has authored 6 peer-reviewed scientific publications with over 40 citations and has 1 patent pending.


  • Daniela Trambitas, Feyecon

    Dr. Daniela Trambitas (née Popescu) has a Ms.C. degree in Chemical Engineering and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry. She has been involved in research, development and implementation of new technologies from the very start of her career. Her expertise in separation processes (extraction, crystallization, membrane processes, scCO2 applications) developed over the years.  For the last 10 years she has been engaged in CO2 processes and their new applications and uses. Her scientific work resulted in over 25 publications and 7 patents. Besides CyclicCO2, she actively participated as project manager in various other grants (REPS, EFC, NATO Collaborative Project,  etc.) as well as commercial projects. As manager of Special projects, Daniela performs activities aiming at increasing revenues and global market share of FeyeCon’s Group using her experience and expertise.


  • Michael North, The University of York

    Professor Michael North has 20 years experience working in the area of catalysis and is a leading figure in the synthesis of cyclic carbonates from CO2, having developed a uniquely active class of bimetallic aluminium complexes which allow the synthesis to be achieved at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. His work has resulted in the publication of >150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 6 patents. He has established a spin-out company (Dymeryx Ltd) to commercialise his work on CO2 chemistry and has previously licensed other work on cyanohydrin synthesis to Avecia.


  • Willy Offermans, RWTH Aachen

    Dr. Willy Offermans has more than 10 years of research experience in the modelling of catalysed reactions on and at model surfaces (heterogeneous) and at molecular centres (homogeneous). His research includes CO2 incorporation reactions in metal-alkoxide bonds of Co-Salen complexes and the catalytic cycle of the polycarbonate formation. Willy is a project leader in a project concerning the formation of polyethercarbonates from epoxides and CO2 and member of other projects where CO2 can be used as C1 building block.


  • Guido Mul, University of Twente

    Professor Guido Mul has been active in the field of photocatalysis since 2004, first at the Delft University of Technology, and then continuing as full professor in Photocatalysis at the University of Twente in 2010. His research was and still is dedicated to gaining fundamental insight into the mechanism and structure-activity relationship of (supported) TiO2 and semiconductor-induced photocatalytic conversions, building on expertise in (ATR) Infrared and Raman spectroscopies. Besides catalyst optimization, various reactor concepts, including microreactor cells for liquid phase spectroscopy measurements, have been developed. The research has led to 6 PhD theses and over 50 publications in international journals, as well as having provided important guidelines for future sustainable processes based on the implementation of light.


  • Lucas Simon, Evonik Creavis GmbH

    Simon Lucas is a project manager in the Sustainable Businesses department of Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik. Prior to joining Evonik in 2015, he worked in pharmaceutical R&D, initially as laboratory manager at Grünenthal in Aachen and most recently as laboratory and project manager at Boehringer Ingelheim in Vienna. Simon Lucas studied chemistry in Munich and Saarbrücken and received his PhD from Saarland University in 2008. After postdoctoral stays at the University of Copenhagen and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, he began his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 2010.


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