Opus 12 was founded at Stanford University, where Etosha Cave and Kendra Kuhl were conducting research into converting CO2 into usable materials. Nicholas Flanders met them at Stanford and joined the team to put his business experience to work to help turn the research into a viable company.
At scale, Opus12’s technology can turn trash to treasure by incorporating novel electrode materials into a commercially-available electrochemical reactor in order to increase the conversion of carbon dioxide at the catalyst’s surface. This electrochemical process can turn CO2 into chemical products and fuels, such as syngas, ethylene, ethanol, and methane. The mission of Opus12 is to help offset global CO2 emissions produced by recycling CO2 into other products and reducing the footprint of the highly energy-intensive chemical industry.