The reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is of paramount importance: finding new methods for the catalysis of carbon dioxide into less harmful chemicals is important for environmental remediation. To assist in the search for effective catalysts, our
group at Aalto University proposes a combined approach involving the synthesis, measurement and simulation of CO2 catalysts. By performing extensive experimental examination of CO2 adsorption onto metal, graphitic, and semiconductor catalysts and using that information to build a robust simulation of the forces acting on adsorbed CO2, we can create a tool capable of helping identify new catalysts and catalytic structures for further investigation, which can, in turn, be used to further improve the simulation. This would provide a valuable tool for future CO2 reduction research, and significantly aid in the fight against global warming and ocean acidification, both of which are driven by the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere.