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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Utilization of Carbon dioxide

Scientists have long dreamed of a technology that can convert carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gas emissions are very influential on global warming, become a valuable commodity.

Now, a group of chemists are developing a technology that can convert atmospheric CO2 into carbon nanofiber (carbon fiber) which is very valuable for industrial and consumer products.
A group of scientists claim that they were able to find a way that can help convert atmospheric CO2 into carbon nanofibers. This breakthrough development is said to successfully transform an abundant greenhouse gas into something beneficial. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1Lq1ptr)
Stuart Licht, Ph.D., who headed the research at George Washington University explains, "Nanofiber resulting from CO2 could be used to make a powerful mixture of carbon, such as those used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, also in advanced sports equipment, wind turbines and a variety of other products."
This false-color image shows carbon nanofibers. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JqSkyq)
Licht called his discovery as "diamonds from the sky," because the diamond is made from carbon, also explained that the products produced from the carbon nanofiber was very valuable, as well as high-value diamonds.

Technology of carbon nanofiber making can be so efficient requiring less power and sunlight to work. Of course, carbon dioxide is the primary and indispensable in the system. In addition, the technology developed by Licht require the electrolyte synthesis process in the manufacture of nanofiber.

Work system of this technology began with CO2 splitting uses molten carbonate, which is heated up to a temperature of 750 degrees Celsius. Then, the atmospheric air is added to the electrolytic cell.

When the addition of atmospheric air into the cell electrolyte occurs, the CO2 will dissolve, resulting electrode current of nickel and steel. In that steel electrodes the carbon nanofiber produced.
The discovery of carbon dioxide utilization technologies on display at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society which held in Boston, Massachusett. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCI-NEWS.COM]
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