Gallery: Common Sugars Could Be Used to Capture Carbon Emissions at The...


Carbon capture technologies are a bit of a holy grail in green chemistry, and researchers from Northwestern University have just reported in the Journal of the American Chemistry Society that they discovered an organic substance that can capture and release carbon at room temperature — the kicker being the substance’s main component is sugar. The sugar is bound in metals derived from salts, and the chemical structure fixes the atmospheric carbon within. The substance can also change color when saturated, providing a visual cue to its state of absorption. Perhaps the most alluring aspect is that unlike similar carbon capturing substances that are non-organic and use petroleum solvents, the new material is completely natural.

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