The team of scientists at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory managed directly convert carbon dioxide into ethanol by chance. To form the ethanol, the researchers added a carbon nanospikes and copper to carbon dioxide.
|Scientists just accidentally discovered a process that turns CO2 directly into ethanol. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1fYeYi)|
"We found it by accident. We tried to learn the first steps in reaction initially proposed, when we realize that the whole reaction catalyst conduct by themselves," said study lead author, Adam Rondinone.
|Close up of the carbon nanospikes. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1fYeYi)|
These findings is a major breakthrough, given that carbon dioxide is the primary actor in contributing to climate change, can be converted into fuel.
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