New Catalyst Recycles Greenhouse Gases And Turns Them It Into Useful Products

American scientists, led by a Spaniard, have developed a catalyst that targets one of the worst greenhouse gases – CO2.

The catalysis transform CO2 into useful products reports SINC

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“The technology of water electrolyzers is well known: they transform water and electricity into hydrogen and oxygen, but in our case, we add COto the cocktail and, instead of producing hydrogen, we can generate various hydrocarbons, such as ethylene, which is the most widely used organic compound worldwide,” researcher FPelayo García de Arquer, of the University of Toronto (Canada), told SINC.

“Thus, we can obtain raw materials for the manufacture of products such as construction materials, textiles, paints, electronic device components, diapers… or even spirits.”

The innovation builds on past research to produce a catalyst that can transform plenty of CO2 as opposed to past configurations, which only allowed for a bit of the gas to be transformed.

Left to right: Adnan Ozden, Joshua Wicks, and F. Pelayo García de Arquer are among the team members who have designed an electrolyzer that converts CO2 to valuable products 10 times faster than previous versions. Credit: U of T Engineering/Daria Perevezentsev

“About two years ago, CO2 electrolysis systems were limited to electrical outputs or currents of tens of milliamps per square centimeter, meaning that only a few molecules of this gas can be transformed into something useful,” said the researcher.

“But our discovery allows them to operate at currents a hundred times higher, more than one ampere per square centimeter. In this way, many more COmolecules can be transformed, reaching activities that were unthinkable a few years ago.”

Even better, adds the researcher, the source of electricity required for the process “can be perfectly renewable, such as solar, wind or hydraulic energy, so it is a way of building likewise renewable hydrocarbons.”

The team is now developing the efficiency and stability of the system to hopefully make it viable soon. Any product that can transform greenhouse gases is welcome in today’s climate change impacted-world, and we’re eagerly waiting to see how this develops.

In the improved electrolyzer, the reaction happens in a thin layer that combines a copper-based catalyst with Nafion, an ion-conducting polymer. The unique arrangement of these materials provides a reaction rate 10 times higher than previous designs. Credit: U of T Engineering/Daria Perevezentsev

Sources:

  1. https://www.agenciasinc.es/en/News/The-catalyst-that-removes-CO2-and-produces-hydrocarbons
  2. https://science.sciencemag.org/content/367/6478/661.abstract
  3. https://phys.org/news/2020-02-reverse-fuel-cell-carbon-valuable.html

Jeff Bezos Launches to Space, and Here’s the Hilarious Reaction of the Internet Regarding His Trip

All over the news recently it has been announced that the famous billionaire Jeff Bezos, will be launching to space. Bezos boarded his self-funded Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and launched into space. Approximately eleven minutes later, Bezos returned safely back to Earth. The Amazon CEO took the wildly expensive trip alongside his brother, Mark Bezos; pilot Wally Funk, the oldest person to do so; and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, the youngest person to do so, who notably paid $28 million to board the admittedly history-making flight.

Although this signs another key moment in the space industry, Bezos is one of the internet’s easiest guys to hate, and of course, people had something to say about his trip. Knowing that this man can literally end world hunger with his fortune, instead, he decides to go on space. Therefore it’s no surprise that his little vanity trip inspired a whole host of hilarious memes.

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People didn’t hold back for anything, they spoke up their minds. To illustrate, here are some of the most hilarious memes regarding this event that will crack you up.

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11. You see, I’ve turned the moon into what I like to call a “Death Star”

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