Promising Candidate for Generation of Photocatalysts for Next Generation of Solar Fuel Production from Earth-Abundant Elements; Process Reduces CO2 and Produces Energy from Incident Blue Light

A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the reduction of carbon dioxide with visible light in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time. The process has great potential for creating a technology that could significantly reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change, while also creating a clean way to produce energy. "This work is a breakthrough," said University of Central Florida (UCF) Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo. "Tailoring materials that will absorb a specific color of light is very difficult from the scientific point of view, but from the societal point of view we are contributing to the development of a technology that can help reduce greenhouse gases." The findings of his research were published online on April 7, 2017 in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. The article is titled “Systematic Variation of the Optical Bandgap in Titanium-Based Isoreticular Metal-Organic Frameworks for Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 Under Blue Light.” Dr. Uribe-Romo and his team of students created a way to trigger a chemical reaction in a synthetic material called metal-organic frameworks (MOF) that breaks down carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials. Think of it as an artificial photosynthesis process similar to the way plants convert carbon dioxide (CO2) and sunlight into food.
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