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“The thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from power plants each year doesn't have to go into the atmosphere. Researchers are optimistic that within the next decade we will be able to affordably capture CO2 waste and convert it into useful molecules for feedstock, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, or renewable fuels. On March 29[, 2018] in the journal Joule, a team of Canadian and US scientists describe their vision for what we should make with CO2 and how we can make it.”
" 'Similar to how a plant takes carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water to make sugars for itself, we are interested in using technology to take energy from the sun or other renewable sources to convert CO2 into small building block molecules which can then be upgraded using traditional means of chemistry for commercial use,' says Phil De Luna, a PhD candidate in materials science. 'We're taking inspiration from nature and doing it faster and more efficiently.' …
[This] analysis identified a series of possible small molecules that make economic sense and could be made by converting captured CO2. For energy storage needs, hydrogen, methane, and ethane could be used in biofuels. Additionally, ethylene and ethanol could serve as the building blocks for a range of consumer goods, and CO2-derived formic acid could be used by the pharmaceutical industry or as a fuel in fuel cells.”
This article refers to basic organic compounds (methane, ethane, ethylene and ethanol) and could be used as a starting point for teaching basic naming of organic compounds.
“While current technologies that can capture CO2 waste are still in their infancy, with new start-ups currently developing strategies for commercial use, the researchers envision that the coming decades will bring major improvement to make CO2 capture and conversion a reality. Within 5 to 10 years, electrocatalysis—which stimulates chemical reactions through electricity—could be a way into this process. And 50 years or more down the line, molecular machines or nanotechnology could drive conversion. …
[There are] limitations of carbon capture and conversion. First, it has been criticized for not being economically feasible, particularly because of the cost of electricity to make these chemical reactions take place, but this will likely go down as renewable energy becomes widespread over time. Second, there are few factories with a high carbon footprint that emit pure CO2, which is necessary for conversion, but technology that could help with this issue is in development.”
Past blog posts about basic Organic Chemistry and the science of CO2 conversion include:
05/28/2014 Organic Chemistry – Chemical Reactions
05/25/2014 Organic Chemistry – Organic Compounds
05/21/2014 Organic Chemistry – Alkanes, Alkenes
01/22/2016 Methane Leak in California
02/06/2016 Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Methanol
08/21/2016 Solar Cell Converts CO2 to Usable Fuel
07/21/2017 Converting Carbon Dioxide to Methane
*This Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
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