Research Highlights | Published:

Chemistry

Better catalyst for carbon conversion

Nature volume 524, page 390 (27 August 2015) | Download Citation

Subjects

A porous, crystalline compound can speed up the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide in water.

Omar Yaghi and Christopher Chang at the University of California, Berkeley, and their colleagues used structures called covalent organic frameworks (COFs) — grid-like arrangements of carbon, nitrogen and other light elements — to turn CO2 into carbon monoxide. COFs containing cobalt resulted in conversion activity that was 60 times higher than that of a molecular cobalt complex that did not contain COFs.

Chemically converting CO2 into a useful carbon product is a goal for clean energy. Catalysts built using COFs could be tuned further to boost other reactions, the authors say.

Science http://doi.org/6zr (2015)

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/524390b

Authors

    Comments

    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

    Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing