Convert CO 2 into raw materials using nanoparticles

Enzymes use cascade reactions to produce complex molecules from comparatively simple raw materials. The principle was copied by researchers.

An international research team has converted carbon dioxide into raw materials using nanoparticles. The RUB and University of New South Wales researchers in Australia looked at the principle of enzymes that produce complex molecules in many-step reactions. The team transferred this mechanism to metallic nanoparticles, also called nanozymes. For example, chemists created carbon dioxide from ethanol and propanol, which are common feedstocks for the chemical industry.

The research team: Corina Andronescu, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Patrick Wilde, J. Justin Gooding and Peter O’Mara (from left). Image: RUB, Kramer

The team around Prof. Dr. med. Wolfgang Schuhmann from the Bochum Center for Electrochemistry and Prof. Dr. med. Corina Andronescu from the University of Duisburg-Essen reports together with the Australian team around Prof. Dr. med. Justin Gooding and Prof. dr. Richard Tilley in the Journal of the American Chemical Society of August 25, 2019. “Transferring the cascade reactions of the enzymes to catalytically active nanoparticles could be a decisive step in the design of catalysts,” concludes Wolfgang Schuhmann.

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