What is CO2? Thermodynamics, Basic Reactions and Physical Chemistry

Michael North*

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This introductory chapter introduces the structural, physical and spectroscopic properties of carbon dioxide and shows how these are linked to its role in global warming. The phase behaviour of carbon dioxide is introduced including the accessibility of a supercritical phase. The kinetics and thermodynamics of reactions involving carbon dioxide are introduced to provide a theoretical basis for understanding the reactions of carbon dioxide and the limitations as to what catalysis can achieve. Finally, the commercially important chemical reactions of carbon dioxide are surveyed within this kinetic and thermodynamic framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCarbon Dioxide Utilisation
Subtitle of host publicationClosing the Carbon Cycle: First Edition
EditorsPeter Styring, Elsje Alessandra Quadrelli, Katy Armstrong
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780444627483
ISBN (Print)9780444627469
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2014


  • Kinetics
  • Phase-behaviour
  • Reactivity
  • Structure
  • Thermodynamics

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