DOE Laboratory Discovers New CO2 to Methanol Catalytic System

New Meoh CatalystScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new catalytic system for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol- a key commodity used to create a wide range of industrial chemicals and fuels.  With significantly higher activity than other catalysts now in use, the new system could make it easier to get normally unreactive CO2 to participate in these reactions.

“Developing an effective catalyst for synthesizing methanol from CO2 could greatly expand the use of this abundant gas as an economical feedstock,”  said Brookhaven chemist Jose Rodriguez, who led the research.  “It’s possible to imagine a future in which such catalysts help mitigate the accumulation of this greenhouse gas, by capturing CO2 emitted from methanol-powered combustion engines and fuel cells, and recycling it to synthesize new fuel.”

The research team, which included scientists from Brookhaven, the University of Seville in Spain, and Central University of Venezuela, describes their results in the August 1, 2014, issue of the journal Science.  More information can be found here.

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