May 08, 2019 | 11:56 / Interesting information
Chinese scientists have been able to develop a new catalyst allowing to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, which can be used as an environmentally pure fuel in internal combustion engines. The work has been published in the journal Nature Communications.
A research team led by Zeng Jie from the Chinese University of Science and Technology developed a catalyst based on platinum and the MIL-101 complex, which effectively converts carbon dioxide into methanol at a pressure of 32 bar and at 150 ° C.
The selectivity of the catalyst based on platinum for methanol is 90.3%, which is 10% higher than the commonly used catalysts based on copper, zinc and aluminum.
“This study reveals for us a new way to produce high-purity methanol, which will help the scientists to understand better the mechanism of catalysis by using individual atoms,” said Zeng Jie.