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Minoo Tasbihi


"My research proposes converting CO2 to methanol. This will result in 1 billion people worldwide that live without electricity to finally receive it without increasing CO2 levels. CO2 to methanol conversion will also result in replacing petroleum and ethanol, made from corn which causes many to go hungry, with renewable methanol which is made from CO2 and natural gas."

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved." Helen Keller


Scientific career

Since 2017 Research Associate at Institute of Chemistry, Technische Universität Berlin

2015–2017: IPODI Fellow, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2014-2015: Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Environmental Research, University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

2011-2012: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Materials and Devices, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven, The Netherlands

2007- 2013: Research Assistant, Laboratory of Environmental Research, University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

2007-2010: Ph.D. student at University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

2005-2007: Research Assistant, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Science Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

2004-2005: Process Engineer, Shahid Tondgoyan Petrochemical Company, Mahshahr, Iran

2003-2004: Research Assistant, School of Chemistry, Imam Hussein University, Tehran, Iran

2001-2003: M. Sc. Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Iran University of Science & Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran

1995-2000: B. Sc. Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Azad University (Unit of Science & Research), Tehran, Iran


Research interests

  • Photocatalysts
  • Photocatalytic reaction
  • Reaction engineering
  • Kinetics
  • Air purification
  • Waste water treatment



Email: minoo.tasbihi[at]tu-berlin.de



IPODI Research Project

Process Modelling and Optimization of Selective Photorecution of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol with Single-site Nobel Metal–loaded Titania/Silica immobilized on Fiber Glass

Duration: 1 September 2015 – 31 March 2017

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker, Faculty II, Institute of Chemistry

Abstract: The past several decades have seen a continuously increasing concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and CO2 is considered as the largest contributor among greenhouse gases. Along with the different methods to remove or convert the high amounts of excess CO2 into useful chemicals, the potential application of photocatalysis to reduction of CO2 emissions is clearly very interesting. In 1921, the artificial photosynthesis of hydrocarbons from CO2 and water was already a matter of research. This process, in addition to removing CO2, can also convert the thermodynamically stable CO2 molecules into useful  hydrocarbon products such as methane, methanol and ethanol. Furthermore, photocatalysis provides an interesting route for CO2 fixation which mimics photosynthesis in green plants, although instead of sugars like glucose it produces partially reduced compounds, mainly C1 molecules such as methanol. The photocatalytic process consumes less energy in comparison to conventional methods by harnessing solar energy. The advances in photocatalysis technology indicate a promising application potential for significant reduction of CO2 emission and a positive impact on climate change effect. Most of the references for CO2 photoreduction use TiO2 as a photocatalyst however this is not the only material that is able to catalyze CO2 photoreduction processes.




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