A new chemical process described in the journal Nature Communications does in the lab what trees do in nature – it converts carbon dioxide into usable chemicals or fuels. This work was recently featured on Spectrum News and in the Triad Business Journal.
This new, carbon-neutral process, created by researchers at Wake Forest University, uses silver diphosphide (AgP2) as a novel catalyst that takes carbon dioxide pollution from manufacturing plants and converts it to a material called syngas, from which the liquid fuel used in manufacturing is made. The new catalyst allows the conversion of carbon dioxide into fuel with minimal energy loss compared to the current state-of-the-art process.
The team that produced this paper includes Hui Li, a recent graduate who led the work as a Ph.D. student in Geyer’s lab, as well as Ph.D. students Dominique Itanze, Xiao Ma and Chang Lu. Wake Forest alumni also played an essential role, including former Wake Forest undergraduate Zachary Hood; Ph.D. in chemistry student Shiba Adhikari; and Ph.D. student in physics student Chaochao Dun, who all have stayed connected with the program through their professional posts. Collaboration with a network of outstanding Wake Forest University graduates who are now at top universities and national laboratories across the United States allowed access essential to access one-of-a-kind instrumentation.
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Citation: “Colloidal Silver Diphosphide (AgP2) Nanocrystals as Low Overpotential Catalysts for CO2 Reduction to Tunable Syngas,” Geyer, Scott M. et al., Nature Communication, Dec. 16, 2019. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13388-8