Chiara Nilsson-Salvati ’22

Major

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Project Title

Synthesis of Nanosized Portlandite for Carbon Capture

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I worked on synthesizing a compound that could efficiently capture gaseous carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-burning power plants, which could greatly mitigate their environmental impact. I attempted to form nanosheets of portlandite crystals, which prior research in the White lab predicted would be good candidates for carbon capture. Based on published studies, I developed a procedure for separating the crystals into layers one-molecule thin. I analyzed the portlandite’s structure at different experimental stages using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and prepared a report on my findings to guide further attempts in the group to create nanosized portlandite. I experienced academic research firsthand by working closely with my mentors and using high-level scientific instruments normally unavailable to undergraduate students. My work involved materials science, a discipline in the chemical and biological engineering major, providing me with insight as I decide which track to pursue.



Internship Year

2019

Project Category

New Energy Future

Organization(s)

Sustainable Cements Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University - Princeton, New Jersey

Mentor(s)

Claire White, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment; Maria Curria, Ph.D. candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering