The Global CO2 Initiative brings together collaborators from the University of Michigan Schools and Colleges with national and international partners as a joint team. Through accelerated research, development, and deployment of technologies, our team produces economically sustainable products that reduce atmospheric CO2 levels.
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Mechanical Engineering DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research Director, Global CO2 Initiative
Volker Sick leads day-to-day Global CO2 Initiative operations, forges organizational partnerships, and brings together the initiative’s research teams. Sick brings years of experience as a leading scientist and administrator.
His own research focuses on developing and applying optical measurement techniques for studies of mass and energy transfer as well as diseases of the human eye.
Sick has 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 served as long-term Editor of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and continues on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Climate - Negative Emissions Technologies, Experiments in Fluids, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. He is a Fellow of SAE International and the Combustion Institute.
Founder and Advisory Board Chairman Global CO2 Initiative
Bernard J. David is an entrepreneur, educator, and author. David has founded, built and sold several businesses. They include SaveSmart, Inc. (Prio, Inc.)–sold to Infospace, Inc. and officesupplies.com—sold to Office Depot. David has written eight books on various elements of entrepreneurship and allied computer technology use. The books include The Entrepreneurial PC and Milestone Planning for Successful Ventures.
Since 2001, David has turned his attention to the area of sustainability. He believes that a systems approach to sustainability is critical—one that is based on science, and harnesses market forces to drive and fuel progress.
To that end, he is the founder of the Global CO2 Initiative, a market-based solution to address one of the grand challenges of our planet: the impact of excessive CO2 emissions in our atmosphere and oceans.
Our Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and specific support to advance the mission and success of the Initiative. Global leaders in technology, research, policy, finance, and industry offer their invaluable insight to guide our work.
Conducts empirical research with the aim of providing an evidence base to support the design and planning of environments that perform ecologically, socially and culturally for more sustainable outcomes.
Nirala is interested in the life cycle and technoeconomic analysis of electrochemical CO2 conversion as well as studying the fundamental mechanism of heterogeneous electrocatalytic processes using kinetics and in situ spectroscopy.
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.
To identify and pursue commercially sustainable approaches that reduce atmospheric CO2 levels by 10% of current emissions per year.