Researchers Could Turns CO2 into Textiles, Diapers and More

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 14:34

A team of researchers from Canada and the U.S. have succeeded to transform one of the worse greenhouse gases, CO2, into useful products.

According to the SINC report, researchers could develop a new catalyst, targeting one of the worst greenhouse gases, CO2, and could transform it into useful products.

“The technology of water electrolyzers is well known: they transform water and electricity into hydrogen and oxygen, but in our case, we add CO2 and, instead of producing hydrogen, we can generate various hydrocarbons, such as ethylene, which is the most widely used organic compound worldwide,” researcher F. Pelayo García de Arquer, of the University of Toronto (Canada), told SINC.

“Thus, we can obtain raw materials for the manufacture of products such as construction materials, textiles, paints, electronic device components, diapers.”

The innovation builds on past research to produce a catalyst that can transform plenty of CO2 as opposed to past configurations, which only allowed for a bit of the gas to be transformed.

"About two years ago, CO2 electrolysis systems were limited to electrical outputs or currents of tens of milliamps per square centimeter, meaning that only a few molecules of this gas can be transformed into something useful,” said the researcher.

“But our discovery allows them to operate at currents a hundred times higher, more than one ampere per square centimeter. In this way, many more CO2 molecules can be transformed, reaching activities that were unthinkable a few years ago.”

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