Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a stable catalyst that can convert carbon dioxide to fuel while using only a trickle of electricity.
The material can be used to recycle waste gases, curbing greenhouse emissions as well as creating a useful product. These products, like methane, can be sold to offset pollution reduction costs and provide another energy source. The researchers published their results earlier this month in the journal Chemical Communications.
Using a blend of copper and gold formed into nanoparticles, the new recipe overcomes some of the previous challenges to developing an efficient way to repurpose carbon.