Imagine grabbing carbon dioxide from car exhaust pipes and other sources and turning this main greenhouse gas into fuels like natural gas or propane: a sustainability dream come true.
Several recent studies have shown some success in this conversion, but a novel approach from Stanford University engineers yields four times more ethane, propane and butane than existing methods that use similar processes. While not a climate cure-all, the advance could significantly reduce the near-term impact on global warming.
Lead author Aisulu Aitbekova is a 2016 EDGE-STEM Fellow and a 2017 Stanford Graduate Fellow. Contributor Emmett Goodman is an EDGE Mentor.