Carbon dioxide as a raw material

This chemical reaction could someday make it possible to put the climate-damaging gas to good use.
RUB researchers have found a way to turn climate-damaging CO2 into an alcohol that could serve as a raw material for the chemical industry – without producing the large amounts of salt waste that usually arise. This requires a two-step reaction. The problem: For energy reasons, the two partial reactions are virtually impossible to reconcile. In order to make the processes compatible from a thermodynamic point of view, suitable catalysts are needed to facilitate the partial reactions.

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