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Media Advisory 08-027

Experts to Discuss Recycling Carbon Dioxide

Two-day workshop July 9-10 at the University of Southern California

Photo of Nobel Laureate George A. Olah and G. K. Parkash who work together on recycling CO2.

Nobel Laureate George A. Olah and G. K. Parkash working together on recycling CO2.

July 1, 2008

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring a workshop at the University of Southern California (USC) titled "Reversing Global Warming: Chemical Recycling and Utilization of CO2."

"This workshop brings together leading chemists to wrestle with what could be the greatest environmental challenge that mankind is facing today," said G. K. Surya Prakash, professor at USC and co-organizer of the workshop. "When the world's supply of oil runs out, carbon dioxide (CO2) will be our starting source material for fuels, pharmaceuticals, plastics and a myriad of carbon-based products of the future, and its use for these applications would significantly reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere, thus mitigating global warming."

Media availability will be held at the start of the conference from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during a continental breakfast. In addition, members of the media are welcome to attend and cover the workshop's entire first day and second day until noon.


  • George A. Olah, Nobel Laureate, University of Southern California
  • Luis Echegoyen, director, Chemistry Division, National Science Foundation
  • Tom Lane, president elect, American Chemical Society
  • Alan Knight, visiting professor, University of Southampton School of Management; sustainability advisor, the Virgin Group; and overseer, Virgin Earth Challenge Prize
When:July 9--8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Orientation
 July 9--9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Program
 July 10--8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (open to media until noon)
Where:Davidson Conference Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
The Davidson Conference Center is on the corner of Jefferson and Figueroa. Free parking is obtainable with valid media credential. Enter through Gate 4, on Jefferson Boulevard, just west of Figueroa Street.


Media Contacts
Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:
Terah DeJong, USC, (213) 740-8606, email:

Program Contacts
Stuart L. Licht, NSF, (703) 292-4952, email:
Jennifer A. Grasswick, NSF, (703) 292-4972, email:

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