Crowdfunding to fight climate change with CO2 conversion project

As part of a new crowdfunding initiative at University of Colorado Boulder, students Chern-Hooi Lim, Yu-Ching Kuo, Alan Aguirre with project advisor Professor Charles Musgravee are working to raise $10,000 to build a photocatalyst which will convert carbon dioxide into liquid fuel.

Photos of crowdfunding students and advisor from University of Colorado Boulder

Crowdfunding is the practice of sourcing small contributions from a large number of people to provide funding for a particular project or campaign. The CO2 “recycling” project is one of eight projects in a pilot online fundraising platform that allows CU-Boulder individuals and organizations to create and share fundraising campaigns with the community.

diagram of the CO2 conversion process

Learn more about this innovative project, see the budget breakdown and watch a video on their CU-Boulder Crowdfunding page. If you would like to contribute to this or any of the crowdfunding projects, click “support this project.” You will be asked for a contribution amount and credit card information.

You can also contribute by telling your friends and family about a project that you are interested in, or by spreading the word across your social networks. See all of the crowdfunding projects here.


  1. Mary Russell says:

    Great projects guys! As a science teacher, I love the fact that Prof. Musgrave is teaching his students about funding sources for their great ideas.

    This morning, I attended a 1.5 hour session on “Local Investing”, sponsored and lead by the founding Director of the Roaring Fork Business Resource Center. I attended in order to learn how to identify and seek funding sources for my own entrepreneurial ideas. This evening, I’m attending the monthly gathering of the Roaring Fork Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is seeking congressional support for legislation that will create a carbon fee on the CO2 emissions created during the extraction of resources that emit CO2, while then distributing those fees back to the general public in the form of a dividend.

    At 53, I’m still learning, and your efforts to not only create a curriculum that addresses the most pressing problem of our time, but to connect that to learning how to fund research and development, without getting into bed with the powerful energy lobbyists or corporate powers, is refreshing.

    I’m sure it would be much easier to seek funding from CU-Boulder Regents, since they voted to allocate millions of dollars (collected from tuition fees and taxes) on your new football stadium.

    Bravo for making this a pure campaign, free from the influences of big money, putting it into the hands of the community.

    All the best to you and your team!

Leave a Comment