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Sustainable energy generation is seen as one of the largest challenges of our generation. All long-term solutions rely on the direct or indirect conversion of solar energy, yet these solutions appear to be years from implementation. In the coming decades then, while the relative importance of fossil fuels will decrease, absolute use of fossil fuels will not. Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) employed on a global scale can sustain the world’s energy use and help mitigate alarmingly high CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

UC Berkeley and LBNL have large research programs addressing Carbon Capture and Sequestration. The Berkeley Energy Lectures are aimed to introduce these research programs to undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences and engineering. Topics will include our current understanding of CO2 in and around the planet, the geological storage of CO2, and the science and technology of capturing CO2. Through this series of lectures, students will learn about the contemporary research related to CCS, as well as  learn to develop, analyze, and compare various CCS solutions as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Lectures: Berend Smit, Jeffrey Reimer, Marjorie Went, Curt Oldenburg, Jonathan Ajo-Franklin (and others)

This course is part of the Berkeley Energy and Climate Lectures

Lecture codes:

  • Chemical And Biomolecular Engineering:  C195P-Undergraduate
  • Earth and Planetary Science: C295Z 
  • Chemistry: C236. 

For all undergraduate students enroll  in CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING 195 P 006  (special topic). We are monitoring the enrolment and clearing possible wait lists regularly. 


  • Spring 2915: 12:30-2:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays in 56 BARROWS
  • Spring 2014: 12:30-2:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays in 247 Cory Hall
  • Spring 2013: 12:30-2:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays in 247 Cory Hall
  • Fall 2011: 12:30-2:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

(These lectures are open for all upper division undergraduates in the Sciences and Engineering with sufficient background in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics)

Textbook: Introduction to Carbon Capture and Sequestration. by B. Smit, J. R. Reimer, C. M. Oldenburg, and I. C. Bourg (Imperial College Press, London, 2014)  More info can be found here