Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Biochemistry & Molecular Biol.

First Advisor

Michael Norris


With an increased concern for climate change in the recent years, a significant area of research has been devoted to the reduction of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide (CO2) resides in the atmosphere between 300 – 1000 years, making the reduction of the molecule a substantial field of study.1 Amines have been used as CO2 scrubbing agents in literature historically, due to their ability to form bonds to carbon.2 Although studies involving metal catalysts and amines have been reported numerous times, research involving chemical reduction of CO2 using purely amines is scarce. In this paper, amines, in addition to hydride donors and other additives, were used to chemically reduce CO2. Additionally, six ruthenium hydrides were synthesized and were used in combination with amines to electrochemically reduce CO2.