Serving the 21st Century Design Engineer Researchers at Harvard, Stanford, and Brookhaven National Lab have discovered a new nickel-based catalyst that marks a major step in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide into useful industrial chemicals, plastics, and fuels.
The resulting catalyst is not only far more economical than anything made previously, it is also highly efficient.
Their paper, recently published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, reports a 97 percent conversion efficiency.
The scientific consensus on climate change indicates that it won't be possible to meet the goals laid out in The Paris Agreement without a significant operational capability to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as a means of restoring balance to the carbon cycle.
Charge density distribution of the Ni single atoms confined in graphene vacancies.
A number of diverse efforts are underway in the realms of forestry and agriculture as well as industrial direct air capture systems that can extract carbon dioxide from the air, anywhere.
However, while CO2 plays a role as an important industrial chemical, the anticipated demand for it is far smaller than what needs to be extracted to stabilize the environment. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) are...
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