Technology Development

Q&A with UCLA XPRIZE Team Lead, Gaurav Sant

Carbon Transformation means dramatic technological, economic and cultural change that extends beyond the four walls of the laboratory–– into board rooms, government policy and the hearts and minds of consumers.

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Commercial-scale carbon utilization solution for the concrete materials industry, representing approximately 9% of global CO2 emmissions–– 3.2 billion tonnes of excess CO2 annually.
CarbonBuilt technology utilizes waste carbon dioxide in the manufacture of construction materials. The carbonated byproducts are then stored in the material, resulting in a more durable, lower carbon footprint–– and price competitive product.
  • Carbon mineralization
  • material science
  • concrete
  • cement
  • construction


Cloud-based platform that uses machine learning algorithms to identify and recommend cost-efficient concrete formulations.
ConcreteAI provides an ingestion interface that enables machines and end users to pass end-use and performance requirements into ConcreteAI's data transformation, cleaning and processing applications. Candidate concrete formulations are then generated through a series of analyses and supervised and unsupervised machine learning computations. Once formulations have been identified, a product declaration is automatically created based on the formulation’s projected environmental impact.
  • Carbon mineralization
  • material science
  • concrete
  • cement
  • construction

Seawater mineralization

Efficient, “single-step” carbon management solution that uses seawater as a feedstock to achieve direct carbon capture –– with the potential for massive scale.
Seawater mineralization technology affects a forced precipitation process that separates CO2 and other components from untreated seawater, then, instantaneously reconstitutes the elements to form inert solid carbonates.
  • Direct air capture
  • carbon sequestration and storage
  • desalination
  • seawater
  • carbon mineralization
  • electroactive mesh membranes

Natural Gas Utilization

ICM’s Natural Gas Utilization presents the possibility to remove 22.4 millions tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere annually by utilizing the $200 million of natural gas wasted each year in the U.S..
The technology employs a modular reaction process that uses a single reactor vessel to convert natural gas and coal into high-value solid carbon products. Low-energy acoustics are used in place of high-cost stoichiometric additives to achieve the reaction, enabling vented and flared natural gas – both common in manufacture and production operations – to be ingested into the reactor vessel and efficiently upcycled into valuable end products and materials like graphene oxide, graphene oxide dots, carbon black, and carbon nanotubes.
  • Natural gas
  • carbon utilization
  • sonication
  • separation
  • flaring
  • graphene
  • carbon black

Rare-earth Elements and Critical Materials Extraction

A low-energy, cost-effective, and environmentally benign pathway to extract and recover high-value Rare-earth Elements (“REEs”) and Critical Materials (“CMs”) from municipal waste.
Residues from incinerated waste are selectively dissolved using acoustic energy to generate aqueous feedstocks. These feeds are then processed through a series of nanofiltration and electrolytic ultrafiltration separations to create REEs and CMs such as Yttrium (Y), Neodymium (Nd), Europium (Eu), Erbium (Er), Dysprosium (Dy) and Terbium (Tb)–– the planet’s rarest elements and the source of some of tomorrow’s more prescient environmental and geopolitical issues.
  • Rare-earth elements
  • ritical materials
  • machine learning
  • municipal waste
  • zero solid-waste
  • carbon black
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