Volume 92 Issue 45 | p. 29 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 10, 2014

Additional Advances In CO2 Fixation

Two research groups report new catalysts that use carbon dioxide as a starting material to make cyclic carbonates
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Environmental SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: metal-organic framework, carbon dioxide, carbonate, organocatalyst, silanediol

When it comes to trapping carbon dioxide to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, the biggest challenge is finding something to do with the CO2. One chemical approach is to insert CO2 into epoxides to form cyclic carbonates, which in turn can be used as solvents, as battery electrolytes, and to make polycarbonate plastics. However, the reaction usually requires high temperature and pressure. A team led by Omar K. Farha and . . .

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