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    Carbon Management and
    negative CO2 emissions technologies
    towards a low carbon future
    In 2019, IFP School launched the CarMa chair, a new research chair
    dedicated to carbon management and negative CO2 emissions technologies.
    The chair is supported by TOTAL in association with Fondation Tuck.

Themes

Missions

Our aim is to create a center of excellence on the theme of carbon management and negative CO2 emissions, with the following roles:

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Training

To contribute to the training of a new generation of international researchers and experts who will develop economically acceptable approaches and technologies in line with societal expectations, to maintain in the long term below 450 ppm the CO2 content of the atmosphere.
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Education

To develop skills and pedagogical tools in the fields of carbon dioxide management and negative emissions technologies.
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Outreach

To promote research results and provide educational tools widely available to raise public awareness and enrich public debate on the need to limit the CO2 content of the atmosphere to 450 ppm in the long term.
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Research Program

Ultimately, the Chair will integrate the work of 7 doctoral and 5 post-doctoral researchers and will also call on several scientific visitors.

The provisional program of the Chair's Research Activities includes a number of doctoral and post-doctoral students as well as a few internships at bac+5 level to support the work of doctoral and post-doctoral students. 

It is initially planned to have 7 theses and 5 post-doctoral fellows over the 5 years with the following approach:

  • Post-doctoral fellowships of 12 to 18 months each, distributed as indicated in the table below. The idea is to rely on these confirmed researchers throughout the duration of the Chair with a major effort at the start and then upon completion of the first batch of theses in order to prepare the synthesis phase of the Chair.

  • Thesis work increases in strength from the second year with 2 to 3 subjects in parallel, this effort being renewed in the third year, thus enabling all doctoral students to present their dissertations throughout the duration of the Chair. 

  • Internship work lasting between 4 and 6 months each to support the work of doctoral and post-doctoral students. Four internships are planned.

These research objectives in terms of the number of thesis and post-doctoral works remain flexible according to the priorities that will be established by the Chair governance.

CarMa Research Program: Prospective Agenda (2019 - 2024)

As noted on our home page, the range of topics covered by the Chair is very broad: from natural carbon sinks to engineered solutions, including direct capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the use of biomass energy, both of which coupled with CCS and approaches to sequestering carbon in soils or exploiting the weathering process in rocks. Beyond technical issues, scientific obstacles and economic challenges, the Chair's work also encompasses environmental and societal aspects in the broad sense (societal perception/acceptability, etc.). The challenge is to "open the door" to rational, pragmatic and socially accepted responses that can be implemented by 2050 hoping to achieve carbon neutrality at the earliest in the second half of the 21st century.

In order to accomplish these goals, it has been decided to devote the first year of the Chair to taking stock of the situation and carrying out an in-depth analysis of the issue of negative emissions. The objective of this first stage is to identify the major areas to be investigated thereafter and the major bottlenecks to be overcome.

Three topics have been selected as priorities: a PhD research topic and two post-doctoral research works:

Emma Jagu joined IFP School in October 2019 to start her PhD and Dr. Ancuta Isbasoiu joined IFPEN in January 2020 to work on the second topic. On July 2020 Dr. Andrei Carlos Briones Hidrovo will join IFPEN to work on the environmental assessment of negative emissions technologies.

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CarMa Chair Governance

Chair Co-holders
President of the Scientific Council
Scientific Council