CCST2022 has been successfully organised including 31 plenary and keynote presentations, 18 invited talked and more than 60 oral presentations. Interesting topics from world-leading researchers were presented and discussed. We thank all members of organisation committee, all speakers, chairs and participants for their contribution. Some nice pictures are attached below:

CCST2022 conference

The BIOMASS-CCU coordinator is organising a CCST2022 conference, which is supported by the RISE project. The conference will focus on the discussion of carbon capture related science and technologies. It is free registration and a few awards will be presented.

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Chen Zhang from QUB visted Zhejiang University

Mr. Chen Zhang of Dr. Chunfei Wu’s research group at Queen’s University Belfast spent November and January 2022 as an academic visitor with Prof. Tao Wang and Dr. Long Jiang’s research group at Zhejiang University as part of the EU-RISE project. This visit and collaboration are primarily intended to learn about and create advancements in carbon neutrality. Professor Wang’s group focused on resin’s ability to capture and utilize ambient CO2. Dr. Jiang’s research group is primarily concerned with the addition and utilization of CO2 in industrial flue gases. Dr. Long Jiang, Mr. Chen Zhang, and Ms. Ying Ji conducted the 15% CO2 adsorption experiment utilizing chemical activated bamboo charcoal samples and tried to modify the biochar material using polymer amine to increase the adsorption efficiency. This work is scheduled to be published in April 2022 in the journal of Separation and Purification Technology. This collaboration has significantly enriched the development prospects of biochar in the area of carbon capture and significantly bolstered academic exchanges between Queen’s University Belfast and Zhejiang University.

Researchers from Spain visited The University of British Columbia

Maria Cortazar and Xabier sukunza from the University of the Basque Country visited The University of British Columbia (Professor Xiaotao Bi’s group) for three months. The research is about biomass gasification. The two researchers participated in the commissioning of a 25 kg/h two-stage gasification pilot plant comprised of a bubbling fluidized bed and a riser. In the preliminary tests, different operating conditions have been tested on biomass gasification process and the effect of ER, S/B ratio, temperature and the bed inventory on the products have been assessed. Critical knowledge exchange between the two groups was carried out.

Sino-UK workshop on New Materials and Technologies in Water Treatment and Sludge Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal

The two-day workshop involved around 40 researchers. Presentations were given and discussion for collaborations and research progress were carried out. It is promising and challenging to connect solid waste recycling with wastewater treatment. For example, biochar produced from pyrolysis of biomass waste can be used for the removal of pollutants from wastewater.

Some photo are attached below: