The research paper, produced by academics from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Faculty of Engineering and published in the Journal of Energy & Fuels, was awarded “Energy & Fuels Top 25 Most Cited Articles in 2016” by Clarivate Analytics recently.
Titled “Recent Advancements, Fundamental Challenges, and Opportunities in Catalytic Methanation of Carbon Dioxide (CO2)”, the paper was produced by UTAR Institute of Postgraduate Studies and Research deputy director Assoc Prof Dr Sumathi Sethupathi, the lead researcher, and her associate Department of Environmental Engineering head Assoc Prof Dr Mohammed J K Bashir, Master by Research graduate Muhammad Younas and other fellow contributors who are UTAR graduates Leong Loong Kong, Humayun Nadeem and Areeb Shehzad.
Clarivate Analytics names the world’s most impactful research articles in each category based on the total number of citations, said UTAR in a press release.
The highly cited publications reveal the tremendous rise of interest in certain areas of research.
The paper has provided researchers with a comprehensive overview of CO2 methanation with respect to the recent advancements in the reaction mechanism, catalytic materials, and the novel combination of metal active phase and its synergy.
Their research focused on using an integrated system to convert CO2 into value-added products such as methane (CH4) by using solar energy (photosynthesis) or surplus electrical energy in hydrolysis for production of reactant hydrogen to use in CO2 methanation.
“Commercial and environmental benefits have made CO2 methanation one of the top research projects all over the world, both at the pilot plant and commercial scale.
“We did the research to save the environment for our future young generation and find alternative renewable energy from waste gases,” Dr Sumathi said, adding that reducing CO2 emissions would reduce global warming.
She described the award as an important recognition for researchers. It demonstrates support for the scientific community to advance the nation.
“Such achievement brings worldwide recognition to the researchers and their institution which can lead to more research collaboration,” she added.
Thanks to this award, Dr Sumathi said she has been invited to submit a special edition journal with her name mentioned as a Top 25 Author.
She added that the award has also put her into the group of expert academicians working on CO2 utilisation.
“I’ve been approached by TNB and Turcomp Engineering Services for this research and several other publications related to CO2 utilisation and conversion to methane,” she added.