Anna Douglas


Co-Founder & CEO

Bio – Anna received her Ph.D. in 2019 in interdisciplinary material science from Vanderbilt University. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow, she primarily focused her studies on clean energy technologies and the growth of high-quality carbon nanotubes from ambient carbon dioxide. Prior to Vanderbilt, Anna completed a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry at Lee University. She interned as an undergraduate at the NASA Glenn Research Center, where she discovered her passion for nanotechnology. Anna is a graduate of the first cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Lab, and was named a 2019 Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30” disrupter in Energy.

Abstract Title: Electrochemical Capture and Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into All-Carbon Nanostructures

Abstract Body: Despite over 37,000 million metric tons of CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year, the cost and practicality of carbon capture and conversion hinges on the ability to produce products from CO2 that have a market value greater than the cost of production (including the cost of both carbon capture and conversion). To date, there are very few, if any, economic cases that can be made for existing technologies without assumptions of generous free electricity or significant carbon tax credits. SkyNano has developed a technology that relies on the electrochemical capture and conversion of CO2 into all-carbon nanomaterials mediated by molten carbonate salts.