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Producing methanol from carbon dioxide [Registered]

An international research team has discovered a potentially clean, low-cost way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol, a key ingredient in the production of plastics, adhesives and solvents, and a promising fuel for transportation. Scientists from Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Technical University of Denmark combined theory and experimentation to identify a new nickel-gallium catalyst that converts hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methanol with fewer side-products than the conventional catalyst. The findings are published in the March 2 online edition of the journal Nature Chemistry. “Methanol is processed in huge factories at very high pressures using hydrogen,…

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