Apoorv Sinha

Carbon Upcycling Technologies

July 04, 2016

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Apoorv Sinha is capturing carbon emissions and converting them into products for industry and consumers
Photograph Chris Wedman

Carbon Upcycling Technologies
Education: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Age: 26

We’ve all been told at one time or another that we’re making a big deal out of nothing. Apoorv Sinha is taking that a step further. The president of Carbon Upcycling Technologies found a way to convert industrial carbon emissions into high-quality nanoparticles for consumer products like plastics and concrete. That’s important to the energy industry because waste carbon—previously released into the atmosphere as if it was nothing at all—is increasingly expensive to get rid of. It’s also important to downstream manufacturers of plastics and coatings because the upcycling process can add strength and savings to their products and operations. “We know what products we can produce from the CO2 we sequester, but the end-user in the polymer or concrete industry isn’t used to paying a premium for something being carbon-negative; they just want a functional performance benefit,” Sinha says. “So with our product, the idea is that something that used to use a half-kilo of plastic before can now use just 400 grams.” To bring it all full-circle, one of those end-users is the energy sector itself, which requires well tubing coated with the kinds of anti-corrosion substances that Sinha researches as a manager at Calgary’s zEroCor Tubulars.

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