• C-10-1071-1083

Hacking decarbonization with a community-operated CreatorSpace

Reference: Chem 10(4), 1071-1083, (2024)

  • Decarbonisation goals backcasted using AI and chemical data.
  • CreatorSpace merges knowledge, AI, and tools for optimal solutions.
  • Semantisation boosts hypothesis testing, reproducibility, and data handling.
  • CreatorSpace enhances research, promotes collaboration, and broadens resource access.

Graphical abstract The pressing challenge of decarbonization encompasses a vast combinatorial space of interlinked technologies, thus necessitating an increased reliance on artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted molecular modeling and data analytics. Our backcasting analysis proposes a future rich in efficient decarbonization technologies, such as sustainable fuels for aviation and shipping, as well as carbon capture and utilization. We then retrace the path to this proposed future with the guidance of two constraints: the maximization of scientists’ creative capacities and the evolution of a world-centric AI. Our exploration leads us to the concept of a “CreatorSpace,” a distributed digital system resembling existing hackerspaces and makerspaces known for accelerating the prototyping of new technologies worldwide. The CreatorSpace serves as a virtual, semantic platform where chemists, engineers, and materials scientists can freely collaborate, integrating chemical knowledge with cross-scale, cross-technology tools, and operations. This streamlined molecular-to-process-design pathway facilitates a diverse array of solutions for decarbonization and other sustainability technologies.

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