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Nanotechnology can help advert climate change

Nanotechnology can help advert climate change

We found a very promising article, ‘Scientists accidentally discover efficient process to turn CO2 into Ethanol’ on Popular Mechanics that expresses a probable solution to advert climate change.

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into useful fuel, but the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turned CO2 into ethanol (already widely used as a fuel), which can in turn be used to power generators and vehicles. Their study is published in the journal ChemistrySelect.

The process involves a new combination of common materials like copper and carbon arranged into nano spikes on a silicon surface. The nanotechnology allows the reactions to be very precise, with room for very few contaminants.

“By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want,” said Adam Rondinone.

 

Another important point is that it works at room temperature, which means the reaction can be started and stopped easily and with little energy cost. This conversion process can be used as temporary energy storage during a lull in renewable energy generation, smoothing out fluctuations in a renewable energy grid.

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