Photo-activated catalyst converts CO2 to CO for clean fuel technology; no unwanted byproducts
Photo-activated catalyst converts CO2 to CO for clean fuel technology; no unwanted byproducts 31 July 2017 An international research team led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a light-activated material that can chemically convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide without generating unwanted byproducts. When exposed to visible light, the material, a “spongy” nickel organic crystalline structure, converted the CO2 in a reaction chamber exclusively into carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can be further turned into liquid fuels, solvents, and other useful products. An open-access paper on the work is published in the journal Science Advances . The achievement marks a significant step forward in developing technology that could help generate fuel...