Rice University develops a revolutionary catalytic reactor that recycles CO2 to produce liquid fuels

September 4, 2019 |

In Texas, a Rice University engineer developed an electrolysis reactor that recycles CO2 to produce liquid fuel solutions, which the researcher hope will become an efficient and profitable way to reuse the greenhouse gases. The catalytic reactor uses carbon dioxide as its feedstock, and in the latest version highly purified formic acid. In discussing the applications of his discovery, Haotian Wang —the engineer responsible for the reactor’s development— stated that formic acid is “fundamental in the chemical engineering industry as a feedstock for other chemicals, and a storage material for hydrogen that can hold nearly 1,000 times the energy of the same volume of hydrogen gas, which is difficult to compress,” he said. “That’s currently a big challenge for hydrogen fuel-cell cars.” 

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