Karl Jackson ’22

Major

Chemistry

Project Title

Carbon Capture Materials

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Certificate(s): History and the Practice of Diplomacy

For my project, I first conducted an extensive literature search of various carbon-capture technologies. This involved an analysis of their costs, energy penalties, adsorption/absorption levels, cyclability and efficacy. I examined the use of amines, zeolites, activated carbon, calcium hydroxide and calcium oxide to draw carbon dioxide from post-combustion flue gases and ambient air, as well as the policies regarding their implementation. I then ran force-field molecular dynamics simulations on a specific layered double hydroxide, Ca2FeCl(OH)6 • 2H2O, at ascending temperatures up to 1,000 degrees Kelvin. Both projects gave me experience with Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS) software and in effectively and efficiently analyzing scientific literature. I also gained important insights into the necessity for effective communication between the scientific and policymaking worlds. In order for there to be cost-effective and efficient climate policy, there must be a greater level of capital investment in carbon-capture technologies and an understanding of the options available to address anthropogenic climate change. This internship has made me strongly consider a career in government to help ensure the more effective implementation of energy and climate policy.

* This internship is connected to the HMEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Fate of Heavy Metals in Valorization of Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Ash.”



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Innovation and a 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

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