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Converting CO2 into Clean Fuel: Promising Research from the University of Michigan

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a significant breakthrough in converting carbon dioxide (CO2), a major contributor to climate change, into clean fuels. Their work focuses on a catalyst material called cobalt phthalocyanine, which can transform CO2 into methanol through a two-step process. The first step converts CO2 into carbon monoxide (CO), and the second step converts CO into methanol.
This approach offers a sustainable solution by reducing greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously creating a clean energy source. Scientists have long strived to develop a method for chemically converting CO2 into fuels like methanol, a potential alternative fuel for vehicles with a lower environmental impact. While large-scale industrial conversion of CO2 to methanol exists, achieving this transformation efficiently through electrochemical processes remains a challenge.
The University of Michigan's research team highlights the unique aspect of their approach. By combining expertise from various fields like chemistry and engineering, they can leverage diverse perspectives to design and understand the system more effectively. Their research focuses on the role of cobalt phthalocyanine, which acts as a molecular hook for CO2 and CO molecules. The arrangement of these molecules around the cobalt metal plays a crucial role, as it determines the binding strength of each gas molecule.
However, the researchers identified a hurdle. Cobalt phthalocyanine binds to CO2 molecules much more strongly compared to CO molecules. This means that after CO is produced in the first step, it gets displaced by another CO2 molecule before it can be further converted to methanol. Using advanced computer modeling, the team confirmed this by calculating the binding affinities. They further validated these findings through experiments that measured reaction rates under varying CO2 and CO concentrations.
The research team attributes the difference in binding strength to how the catalyst's electrons interact with CO2 and CO molecules. To overcome this obstacle, they propose redesigning the cobalt phthalocyanine catalyst to enhance its interaction with CO while weakening its binding to CO2. This solution could pave the way for large-scale, efficient conversion of CO2 waste into methanol fuel using catalysts like cobalt phthalocyanine.




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  • Gorffly mokua

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    What an exciting development! This technology has the exciting potential to reduce #greenhouse gas emissions & help tackle climate change..

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    • Joseph Githinji

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      @gorffly_mokua it is a great breakthrough in the pursuit to sustainability.

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    • johnte ndeto

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      This is quite interesting

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      • Gorffly mokua

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        @johnte_ndeto Absolutely amazing!

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      • Jane Wangui

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        Wow...the kind of inventions that we need for a better and cleaner planet..this is commendable.

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        • Joseph Githinji

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          @jane_wangui absolutely true 💚💚

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

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          This is a great research that offers a solution to curb climate change

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          • Gorffly mokua

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            @elizbeth_gathigia True! This is the kind of research we want! Kudos Michigan University..💚👏

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          • Princess

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            Kudos to the researchers at the University of Michigan for their invaluable contribution to tackling climate change!

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            • Gorffly mokua

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              @princess_nel_268 They deserve world recognition and award, they are true climate heroes through green innovations!

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            • Joseph Githinji

              2 w

              This is a major milestone in the roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas. This breakthrough is a win for the environment. I hope the Michigan University will be able to solve the hurdle that is still a barrier.

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              • Gorffly mokua

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                @joseph_githinji I have no doubts, nothing is impossible to them!!

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              • Vermeer Xie

                2 w

                Creative! Do you have a way to collect CO2 in Scale?

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                • Annett Michuki..

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                  wow, they did a great job

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