SIU-C researchers seek funding to move their technology from the lab to the field

SIU-Carbondale is helping lead the way in the fight against climate change.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with two faculty researchers who, along with a group of students, are working on a carbon sequestration process known as OHD.

This is part two of a two-part series.

NYSE Floor Talk: Dr. Ken Anderson  


TEDxSIUC Talk   

Dr. Scott Hamilton-Brehm discusses the fundamentals of why removing atmospheric carbon dioxide is difficult. The relevance of thermodynamics must be recognized if we are to devise solution to stop climate change. The goal is to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide, we do not have to bury it as the same molecule, we just have to sequester the carbon.


In this episode, our host Joe Batir talks with Dr. Ken Anderson and Dr. Scott Hamilton-Brehm from Thermaquatica about Carbon Capture using a process called Oxidative Hydrothermal Dissolution (OHD). In this show, they discuss what OHD is, how this process can capture significant amounts of carbon, and how this can become a truly carbon negative technology. Read full article >

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SIUC students and faculty advisors discuss their research using Thermaquatica's OHD technology for carbon sequestration into to deep sub-subsurface microbial environments.

Student X-Prize

November 10, 2021 | Carbondale, IL

A student-led team from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale was awarded $250,000 from the Musk Foundation as one of 23 X-Prize winners. The team’s research is focused on capturing CO2 from the atmosphere through collected biomass followed by application of Thermaquatica’s patented OHD process to retain the organic carbon in liquid form. The carbon-rich liquid is then pumped into a deep sub-surface environment for permanent sequestration. Early research shows that deep underground microbes are consuming the liquid carbon mixture. This novel form of Direct Air Capture (DAC) relies on natural processes for capture, conversion, and storage of carbon.