Research by Professor Polly Arnold is featured on the cover of the most recent issue of Chemical Science, and has also been chosen as the pick of the week by the journal.
The paper describes research into cerium compounds that could be used to capture and transform carbon dioxide molecules, which could help to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. One possible application for the transformed gas molecules is as precursors to a variety of useful materials. The process works at atmospheric pressure, unlike previous techniques which have often required high pressure gas reactors.
The work was carried out by a combination of students on our EPSRC funded CRITICAT CDT and students in our joint research programme with the TU Munich’s catalysis centre and Institute of Advanced Study.