University of British Columbia and University of Paris/CNRS researchers Curtis P. Berlinguette and Marc Robert, both laureates of the France Canada Research Fund (FCRF) New Collaboration Program in 2018, published on July 26th an important article in the highly quoted scientific journal Science about their recent results on carbon dioxide recycling.

During their research work, they discover new ways to recycle CO2 via a low-cost and abundant catalyst. “Most known processes that convert CO2 use catalysts based on rare and precious metals like silver or gold,” explains Marc Robert, with the Molecular Electrochemistry Laboratory at the University of Paris. “We use molecules that are substantially less expensive.” Their work paves the way for the development of technologies that use electricity to convert greenhouse gasses into valuable chemicals and fuels. Carbon monoxide – just one example of a product that the new system can produce from CO2 – is an essential building block in the healthcare and chemical industries. The applications are to be continued…

Picture 1 : French team led by Marc Robert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 2 : Canadian team led by Curtis Berlinguette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front picture : reactor described in the Science paper. 

Academic page of Curtis Berlinguette here.

Academic page of Marc Robert there.

Ref: Shaoxuan Ren, Dorian Joulié, Danielle Salvatore, Kristian Torbensen, Min Wang, Marc Robert, Curtis P. Berlinguette, « Molecular electrocatalysts can mediate fast, selective CO2 reduction in a flow cell », Science 26 Jul 2019: Vol. 365, Issue 6451, pp. 367-369.