Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014

Sponge-like plastic to soak up CO2, reduce pollution

LONDON: Scientists have developed a sponge-like plastic that soaks carbon dioxide (CO2) and might ease our transition from polluting fossil fuels towards new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material- a relative of the plastics used in food containers- could play a role in cutting CO2 emissions, and could also be integrated into power plant smokestacks in the future.

Sponge-like plastic to soak up CO2, reduce pollution

Sponge-like plastic to soak up CO2, reduce pollution

The key point is that this polymer is stable, it’s cheap, and it adsorbs CO2 extremely well. It’s geared towards function in a real-world environment ,” said Andrew Cooper from the University of Liverpool in the UK.

Cooper and his team intend the adsorbent, a microporous organic polymer, for an application that could lead to reduced pollution. The new material would be a part of an emerging technology

called an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), which can convert fossil fuels into hydrogen gas.

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