A UCLA team has proposed a concept called single-step carbon sequestration and storage, or sCS^2, in a paper published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. It involves extracting carbon dioxide from seawater, which would enable seawater to absorb more carbon dioxide. To help remove the massive amount of carbon dioxide that has accumulated in the atmosphere, “we’ve got to draw inspiration from nature,” says UCLA’s Gaurav Sant.

Co-authors of the study include C&EE’s Gaurav Sant and David Jassby, as well as Dante Simonetti, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Jingbo Wang, a postdoctoral researcher; Abdulaziz Alturki, a Ph.D. graduate who is now an assistant professor at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia; and Xin Chen, an associate development engineer.

Read more about their research: https://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/using-seawater-to-reduce-co2-in-atmosphere