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Enzymatic method for the conversion of carbon monoxide from industrial off-gases into formate

Decarbonizing the steel industry is crucial but challenging. Now, an enzymatic method is introduced for converting carbon monoxide from industrial off-gases into formate, offering a path towards carbon-neutral steel production. The enzymatic process achieves high selectivity, and operation of a 10-liter-scale reactor with real industrial emissions indicates its scalability and practical applicability.

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Fig. 1: Enzymatic CO hydration process.


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This is a summary of: Lee, J. et al. Molar-scale formate production via enzymatic hydration of industrial off-gases. Nat. Chem. Eng. (2024).

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Enzymatic method for the conversion of carbon monoxide from industrial off-gases into formate. Nat Chem Eng 1, 338–339 (2024).

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