Turning CO2 into plastic in a single step
The conversion of CO2 into polyethylene, the most common plastic, can help offset the atmospheric emissions that contribute to global warming. Polyethylene is not the most environmentally friendly material, yet does not have a universal substitute. Producing polyethylene from CO2 would lessen its environmental footprint by reducing the need for fossil fuels. CO2 conversion to polyethylene is a multistep process that includes CO2 catalytic conversion to ethylene and polymerization to polyethylene using two different catalysts. The EU-funded CO2Polymerisation project plans to design a complex catalyst to directly convert CO2 to polyethylene in a seamlessly integrated cascade of catalytic reactions in an aqueous medium. To achieve its goal, a quantum chemical analysis of the reaction pathway and modelling of the reaction dynamics on different catalysts will be undertaken.
Field of science
- /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/aliphatic compounds
- /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
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