New catalyst turns waste CO2 into valuable commodity chemical

November 28, 2019

In the hopes of slowing climate change, researchers are seeking ways to get rid of planet-warming carbon dioxide. Making something valuable from it in the process, such as commodity chemicals, is a double win. Researchers at the University of Toronto and the California Institute of Technology now report they have carried off such a trick by improving the efficiency of a process to make the plastics precursor ethylene from CO2 electrochemically There’s a huge existing market for ethylene, says Edward Sargent, an electrical engineer at the University of Toronto. But the compound also has a big CO2 footprint because its manufacture is fossil fuel-based. “So if we could instead make renewable ethylene,” Sargent says, “we could displace some of the use of fossil fuel-derived ethylene, and we could consume rather than emit CO2 while we’re doing it.”

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