New technology creates carbon neutral chemicals from scratch
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According to research from the University of Surrey, it is possible to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it into chemicals typically derived from fossil fuels.
The technology allows scientists to capture CO2 and turn it into useful substances like carbon monoxide and synthetic natural gas in a single, continuous process, potentially leading to more sustainable methods of chemical production.
dr Melis Duyar, Senior Lecturer of Chemical Engineering at the University of Surrey, commented: “Capturing CO2 from ambient air and converting it directly into useful products is exactly what we need to move towards carbon neutrality in the chemical sector. This could very well be a milestone in the steps the UK needs to take to reach its 2050 net-zero targets. We need to move away from our current thinking about how we make chemicals as current practices rely on fossil fuels which are unsustainable. With this technology, we can deliver chemicals with a much lower carbon footprint and are considering replacing fossil fuels with carbon dioxide and renewable hydrogen as building blocks of other important chemicals.”
The technology uses patent-pending switchable Dual Function Materials (DFMs) that capture carbon dioxide on their surface and catalyze the conversion of captured CO2 directly into chemicals. The “switchable” nature of DFMs stems from their ability to produce multiple chemicals depending on operating conditions or the composition of the reactant added. This allows the technology to respond to fluctuations in chemical demand as well as the availability of renewable hydrogen as a reactant.
dr Duyar continued: “These results are a testament to research excellence in Surrey, with continually improving facilities, internal funding systems and a culture of collaboration.”
Loukia-Pantzechroula Merkouri, a post-graduate leading this research at the University of Surrey, added: “This research not only demonstrates a viable solution for the production of carbon-neutral fuels and chemicals, but also offers an innovative approach to combating the ever-increasing CO2 emissions contribute to global warming.”
Reference: “Feasibility of Dual-Function Switchable Materials as a Flexible Technology for CO2 Capture and Harness and Demonstration of Passive Direct Air Capture” by Loukia-Pantzechroula Merkouri, Tomas Ramirez Reina, and Melis S. Duyar, August 11, 2022, Nanoscale.
The study was made possible by the Surrey Doctoral College Studentship Award.