Calcium-Based Sustainable Chemical Technologies for Total Carbon Recycling

Konstantin S. Rodygin, Yulia Vikenteva, Valentine P. Ananikov

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Calcium carbide, a stable solid compound composed of two atoms of carbon and one of calcium, has proven its effectiveness in chemical synthesis, due to the safety and convenience of handling the C≡C acetylenic units. The areas of CaC 2 application are very diverse, and the development of calcium-mediated approaches resolves several important challenges. This Review aims to discuss the laboratory chemistry of calcium carbide, and to go beyond its frontiers to organic synthesis, life sciences, materials and construction, carbon dioxide capturing, alloy manufacturing, and agriculture. The recyclability of calcium carbide and the availability of large-scale industrial production facilities, as well as the future possibility of fossil-resource-independent manufacturing, position this compound as a key chemical platform for sustainable development. Easy regeneration and reuse of the carbide highlight calcium-based sustainable chemical technologies as promising instruments for total carbon recycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1483-1516
Issue number8
Early online date1 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2019

Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy(all)

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