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April 2014

Efficient Conversion of Carbon Monoxide to Liquid Fuel


Scientific Achievement

A multidisciplinary team of users at the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) created copper-derived electrocatalysts that efficiently produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide (CO) gas at room temperature and pressure.

Significance and Impact

Oxide-derived Cu (OD-Cu) electrocatalysts exhibit a 10x improvement over conventional CO reduction catalysts and demonstrate the feasibility of a two-step conversion of CO2 to liquid fuel at low applied voltages.

Research Details


C. W. Li, J. Ciston & M. W. Kanan Nature. 2014 [epub ahead of print].