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Polymer sponge soaks up carbon dioxide [Registered]

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). The lead researcher, Andrew Cooper, says “The key point is that this polymer is stable, it’s cheap, and it adsorbs CO2 extremely well. It’s geared toward function in a real-world environment. In a future landscape where fuel-cell technology is used, this adsorbent could work toward zero-emission technology.” CO2 adsorbents are most commonly used to remove the greenhouse gas pollutant from smokestacks at power plants where fossil fuels like coal or gas are burned. However, Cooper and his team intend the…

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