Dr Marco Taddei

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry - University of Pisa


I enjoy engaging with people and younger generations to spread the word of science, reason why I have been a STEM Ambassador since February 2017.

Together with Dr Russell J Wakeham and Dr Michael E. A. Warwick, I am co-creator of the outreach project Recycling Carbon, which has so far involved more than ten researchers from ESRI.

Recycling Carbon is an interactive exhibition aimed at demonstrating the concept of carbon capture and utilisation by using BunchemsTM as atomic models. It goes through three stages: first is the Power Station, where fuel (methane for simplicity) and oxygen are combined to generate energy, carbon dioxide and water; second is the Lucky Dip, where carbon dioxide must be retrieved from a box full of packaging peanuts (representing the atmosphere); third is the Catalyst, where carbon dioxide is combined with hydrogen (produced by water splitting using energy from renewable sources) to produce methane, thus closing the cycle.

The experience of Recycling Carbon has also led to writing a paper entitled "Recycling Carbon: An Outreach Activity Designed to Introduce the General Public to Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage", which is avalable open access on ChemRxiv.

Recycling Carbon - An illustrated story

As part of the impact plan for my EPSRC First Grant (see the Research page for more information), I have teamed up with my talented wife to create an illustrated booklet that promotes the concept behind Recycling Carbon in a format appealing to younger generations.

Besides printing hard copies of the booklet to be distributed during outreach events, we have decided to make it freely available to download in pdf format.

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Recycling Carbon - An illustrated story by Carla Nicola and Marco Taddei is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.