Mitigating the harmful effects of climate change through research in carbon management. 

4,000 metric tons of CO2 per Year and Counting!

We currently remove 4,000 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year. This is definitely a lot, but we still need to remove even more! Check out how Direct Air Capture can help us meet climate goals!

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Our open source CDR primer represents nearly 40 subject matter experts and addresses the fundamentals of carbon dioxide removal and its role in addressing the climate crisis.

Learn about CDR in our open source primer.

Listen to the authors speak on its origins and impacts in this Kleinman Center Podcast.

What makes serpentine chrysotile asbestos feedstocks a great option for storing carbon for the long term? Find out more in our 2-page explainer on mineral carbonation. Learn about CCS in Jen's textbook

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Natural Drawdown

Around 90% of the voluntary carbon offset market is tied to improved forest management.

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Carbon Management 2.0

While expensive and immature, engineered CDR like DAC can potentially provide more secure CO₂ storage. Check it out by reading Carbon Management 2.0!

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Featured Video

In the Fall of 2020, CECL moved to our new home in Penn Engineering and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. Watch as our team talks through the problem of carbon management, discusses Jennifer's interim role with the Department of Energy, and speaks on our experience here at Penn.

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Jen is appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management

Our own Jennifer Wilcox was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management in January 2021. In recognition of her endless contributions to climate change research, the Biden Administration has placed Jen near the top of the DOE food chain, leading monumental efforts and managing large budgets to aid in our transition to a less carbon intensive future. Congratulations Jen!

The Clean Energy Conversions Lab Members are recognized by the DOE with the Secretary's Achievement Award for their work on the Getting to Neutral Report!

Dr. Wilcox, Dr. Psarras, Hélène Pilorgé, and Noah McQueen were large contributors to the Getting to Neutral report, which highlighted projected pathways for the state of California to reach carbon neutrality by 2045, if not sooner! Check out the full report!

Max Pisciotta wins the Perry World House Graduate Essay Prize!

Max is awarded the inaugural Perry World House Graduate Essay Prize for their essay submission, which outlines the possibility for using abandoned or retired oil and as wells for geothermal energy systems. Check out the full essay!

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Team member spotlight

Lab Manager
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Dan brings his background in Geochemistry to several projects in the group, especially those pertaining to carbon mineralization and carbonation kinetics of Mg/Ca oxide materials at near-ambient conditions and their application to direct air capture.

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PhD Candidate
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Max Pisciotta is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Max’s research focuses on point-source carbon capture and direct air carbon capture.

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Research Associate
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Hélène looks at carbon management with a spatial perspective to find local synergies and optimize carbon management strategies, while recognizing the importance for environment conservation and social justice.

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PhD Candidate
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Katherine brings a background in chemical engineering and professional writing with years of experimental research. Her focus is carbon mineralization of mine tailings to permanently store carbon dioxide.

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Research Assistant Professor
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My research involves techno-economic assessment and lifecycle analysis of technologies spanning both carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and enigeered carbon dioxide removal (CDR). These analyses inform strategic regional pathways for responsible deployment of carbon management systems.

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James H. Manning Chaired Professor
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Wilcox’s research takes aim at the nexus of energy and the environment, developing both mitigation and adaptation strategies to minimize negative climate impacts associated with society’s dependence on fossil fuels.

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