Burcu Gurkan awarded $600,000 from NASA to develop systems for filtering CO2

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Burcu Gurkan, was awarded a $600,000 grant from NASA to improve current CO2 capture and storage systems towards future long-distance space flights. This research will accelerate the development of efficient capturing of CO2, which can then be converted to other resources, such as oxygen.

Current systems are inefficiently capturing CO2 that is breathed out and then disposing it into space. Additionally, existing technology creates dust that can cause problems in other equipment. Dr. Gurkan's work aims to not only efficiently capture the waste, but also electrohemically convert it to oxygen to enable astronauts to breathe on longer space trips without having to bring a large and heavy supply.

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