Research

Research at the Global CO2 Initiative supports the development of captured carbon product technologies — both technological and biological — from early stage R&D through the stages of demonstration and early commercial deployment.

The Global CO2 Initiative is cultivating existing and potential industry and research partners to further collaborate and expand R&D and deployment opportunities for carbon dioxide removal and utilization technologies.

Innovative Solutions


collage of natural fibers for compositesNatural fibers outperform glass and carbon fibers in CO2 balance. For example, bamboo captures 77 kg CO2/clump/year. However, mechanical properties such as strength and stiffness need to be enhanced to allow replacing glass and carbon fibers.

We engineer the plant’s chemical intake process so that the plant has stronger fibers. These strong natural fibers are used to make low-CO2 composite materials. Learn more about stronger natural fibers for composites.

Toolkit & Roadmap

The Techno-Economic Analysis and Life Cycle Analysis Toolkit (TEA/LCA) is a critical toolkit for the nascent CO2 removal and utilization management industry to accurately assess the economics and CO2 removal potential of a product.

The Global Roadmap for Implementing CO2 utilization presents a roadmap for the commercialization potential of carbon dioxide utilization through 2030.

Research Projects

Discover the innovations we are working on. Learn about our research projects.

Published Papers

Our published papers are open to the public, available via the University of Michigan Library Deep Blue repository, in PDF format. View our list of published papers.

Featured Faculty


Nicholas A. KotovDr. Nicholas A. Kotov is a Florence V. Cejka Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

His research focuses on nanoscale fibers and particles to design and build materials that solve specific problems in biology, medicine, environmental science, chemistry and more. Learn more about Dr. Nicholas Kotov.

International Research Collaborators


Climate KIC
CO2 Value Europe
IASS Potsdam
RWTH Aaachen University
Technische Universitat Berlin
The University of Sheffield
XPrize