Sometimes, you have to search far and wide to find another person who has the shared passion and complementary knowledge you need to solve a scientific riddle. When the solution could potentially play a big role in addressing the dual challenge, ExxonMobil’s researchers are ready to search as far as they need to, to find the right research partner.

So when Tim Barckholtz, senior scientific advisor at ExxonMobil, wanted to better understand a key aspect of the carbon capture technology we have been developing with Fuel Cell Energy, he didn’t hesitate to travel 6,400km (4,000 miles) to meet with Prof. Barbara Bosio at the University of Genoa in Italy, resulting in a research partnership between the two entities.

Despite having the Atlantic between them, Tim and Barbara’s two-year research project has taken us a step closer to using molten carbonate fuel cells to capture CO2 whilst simultaneously generating electricity. The first paper detailing the findings of their academic research has been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of The Electrochemical Society – and Tim and Barbara are currently working on several more.

Find out how their determination led to discovery:


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