Light-harvesting nanoparticle catalysts show promise in quest for renewable carbon-based fuels

Researchers report that small quantities of useful molecules such as hydrocarbons are produced when carbon dioxide and water react in the presence of light and a silver nanoparticle catalyst. Their validation study – made possible through the use of a high-resolution analytical technique – could pave the way for CO2-reduction technologies that allow industrial-scale production of renewable carbon-based fuels.

To reach Prashant Jain, call 217-333-3417; email [email protected].  The paper “A rich catalog of C–C bonded species formed in CO2 reduction on a plasmonic photocatalyst” is available online and from the Illinois News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-22868-9.

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