Sep 7, 2022

Turning carbon dioxide into valuable products

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry

Assistant Professor Ariel Furst and her colleagues are looking to DNA to help guide the process.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major contributor to climate change and a significant product of many human activities, notably industrial manufacturing. A major goal in the energy field has been to chemically convert emitted CO2 into valuable chemicals or fuels. But while CO2 is available in abundance, it has not yet been widely used to generate value-added products. Why not?

The reason is that CO2 molecules are highly stable and therefore not prone to being chemically converted to a different form.

Using DNA, MIT chemical engineers have found a way to speed up a chemical reaction that is key to converting captured carbon dioxide emissions into useful, valuable products.

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