Greener Days Ahead for Carbon Fuels

Yanwei Lum studying mechanism of converting carbon dioxide to chemicals, a process which could mitigate rising CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere with Joel Ager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on Monday, June 4, 2018 in Berkeley, Calif. 06/04/18

by Theresa Duque

December 17, 2018

MSE graduate student Yanwei Lum and adjunct professor Joel Ager have discovered that a simple copper-based catalyst can be used to electrochemically convert carbon dioxide selectively to commodity chemicals such as ethylene and ethanol. Selective production of the desired product reduces the need for expensive separation steps and thus advances considerably the commercial viability of using renewable electricity to manufacture chemicals. Read full story here.

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