Volume 92 Issue 9 | p. 38 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 3, 2014

Bimetal Catalyst Makes Methanol From Low-Pressure Carbon Dioxide

Computational studies plus experiments turn up catalytically active nickel-gallium alloys for converting carbon dioxide to methanol
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Environmental SCENE
Keywords: methanol, CO2, catalysis, computational catalysis

If methanol could be made where and when it’s needed by reacting CO2 with hydrogen obtained from sun-driven water splitting, the simple alcohol could serve as a low-cost sustainable fuel and chemical feedstock. That possibility may be closer to reality by the discovery of a nickel-gallium methanol synthesis catalyst that works well under mild conditions (Nat. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.1873). Methanol is currently made in large industrial facilities from a mixture . . .

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