Boston College chemists have used a tandem catalytic system to efficiently convert carbon dioxide to methanol. By encapsulating multiple catalysts involved in the tandem process in nanoporous materials called metal-organic frameworks, the team reports achieving superior performance by eliminating catalyst incompatibility. The method could be applied to other tandem catalytic processes, allowing more efficient access […]

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute chemical engineers have demonstrated how to convert CO2 to methanol more efficient by using a highly effective separation membrane they produced. Carbon dioxide, on one hand, is a greenhouse gas that is the unwanted byproduct of many industrial processes. In the other, methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… DOE/Argonne National Laboratory scientists have used sunlight and a catalyst largely made of copper to transform carbon dioxide into methanol. A liquid fuel, methanol offers the potential for industry to find an additional source to meet America’s energy needs.  The study has been published in the journal Nature Energy. The concentration of carbon dioxide […]

University of Waterloo scientists have created an ‘artificial leaf’ by inexpensively recycling and converting harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into a useful alternative fuel. The new technology, outlined in a paper published in the journal Nature Energy, was inspired by the way plants use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into food. Yimin Wu, an […]

Stanford researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts.  The progress offers ways to make cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial scale. All living organisms depend on enzymes, molecules that speed up biochemical reactions that are essential for life and scientists have spent decades trying to create artificial enzymes capable […]

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