Converting CO2 into “green” methanol
Researchers from our laboratory, in collaboration with scientists from the “Institut de physique et chimie des matériaux de Strasbourg” (CNRS/University of Strasbourg), of the Hubert Curien Laboratory (CNRS/University Jean Monnet/Institut d’optique graduate school), from the ALBA synchrotron radiation source in Barcelona and from the Institute of Energy Technologies in Barcelona, have demonstrated the effectiveness of titanium dioxide nanocrystals coated with a small amount of molybdenum to stably catalyze hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol. Methanol is useful as a chemical energy carrier but also as a building block for many chemical reactions. These results, published in the journal Green Chemistry, provide insight into new solutions for converting and recovering CO2, the main greenhouse gas.
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