What is it about?

‘Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide’ is a process that involves breaking down carbon dioxide into other chemicals, and then putting them back together in less harmful ways. Through this process, carbon dioxide can be converted into useful chemicals (such as ethanol, which is used to make alcohol or solvents). It can also be captured and stored in ways that reduce the harm it can cause to the environment. In this project, the scientists worked out a more efficient way of converting carbon dioxide into other chemicals.

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Why is it important?

One of the big challenges of tackling climate change is finding ways for countries to make progress without bankrupting themselves. There are many different ways we can reduce carbon emissions. One way we can reach our goals is to make these processes more efficient. KEY TAKEAWAY: This project is helping to reduce the costs of capturing and converting carbon dioxide. That makes it possible for this technology to be more widely used, which will help accelerate the rate at which we are reducing our carbon emissions. This process also has the potential to be used for other purposes, which will also help make it more affordable.

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This page is a summary of: Breaking scaling relations for efficient CO2 electrochemical reduction through dual-atom catalysts, Chemical Science, January 2020, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c9sc05236d.
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