Cohort 1’s Anna Douglas of SkyNano Featured in Cambridge Journal

Anna Douglas of SkyNano

SkyNano LLC, a clean energy start-up company that focuses on the production and scale-up of high-value functional materials using greenhouse gases as chemical inputs. The main focus of SkyNano’s work is to control the diameter of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) produced from ambient CO2 via the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CNTs through molten salt electrolysis. The method is based on splitting Li2CO3 electrolyte to its components; O2, which is collected at the anode; Li2O, which accumulates in the electrolyte; and carbon, which precipitates on the cathode and grows into CNTs at the interface between the cathode and the molten salt. Li2O regenerates the Li2CO3 electrolyte through a chemical reaction with ambient CO2.