The nominating institution UCLA on the breakthrough: 

The production of ordinary portland cement (OPC), the binding agent used in concrete, accounts for 9% of global CO2 emissions. Our breakthrough technology, CO2Concrete, replaces OPC with a reinvented binder that “absorbs” CO2 upon exposure to flue gas waste streams, reducing CO2 emissions. CO2 from the waste flue gas stream is converted into solid carbonate minerals and stored in CO2Concrete construction products. CO2Concrete has a 75% lower carbon footprint than traditional OPC-based products.

Tags: Climate change, Engineering, Future /green cities.

Gaurav Sant

University of California

Dr. Gaurav N. Sant is a Professor and Henry Samueli Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Director of the Institute for Carbon Management. His research focuses on decarbonizing construction, the development of carbon mitigation technologies and promoting manufacturing disruptions in entrenched heavy-industry sectors. In 2016 he was selected as one of UCLA’s Optimists and participated on a National Academies study, “Gaseous carbon waste streams utilization: status and research needs.” He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2009.

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