Scientists Find A Way To Convert Harmful Carbon Dioxide Into Cloth, Reduce Global Warming


07 December 2018| 29 Rabi ul Awwal 1440

Carbon dioxide gas produced from factories and vehicular pollution is the number one cause of global warming.

But thanks to a breakthrough from Rutgers scientists, carbon dioxide can be turned into plastics, fabrics, resins and other useful products for all of us.

The scientific breakthrough, which is nothing short of magical, is based on reversing an artificial photosynthesis.

Detailing the invention on their university website, scientists claimed the electro-catalysts are the first materials, aside from enzymes, that can turn carbon dioxide and water into carbon building blocks for other complicated, useful products with more than 99 percent efficiency. This has never been achieved before, and a large reason why the result of this research is so very impressive.

“Our breakthrough could lead to the conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable products and raw materials in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries,” said senior study author Charles Dismukes, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The Rutgers University researchers have invented a technique for carbon dioxide and water to be electrochemically converted into a wide array of carbon-based products, using five catalysts made of nickel and phosphorus, which are cheap and abundantly available in nature.

The scientists have patented their carbon dioxide conversion technique and started a RenewCO2 to focus on commercial applications of the technique, and help extract higher density polymers from the process for creating fabric, plastic and other resins for pharmaceutical and other large-scale industries.