Volume 92 Issue 7 | p. 32 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 17, 2014

Molybdate Dianion Traps Carbon Dioxide And Spits Out Formate

Simple, soluble molecular oxide serves as a model system for carbon dioxide fixation
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Green Chemistry
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: carbon dioxide, CO2 fixation, formate, molybdenum

Inexpensive reduction of carbon dioxide to useful chemical reagents would help put a dent in solving Earth’s overabundance problem with the greenhouse gas. Inorganic chemists have turned to the task of designing catalysts for the job, but most of these systems so far involve complex ligands that are costly to synthesize. Taking a simple approach, Ioana Knopf and Christopher C. Cummins of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and their colleagues have identified . . .

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