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After 150 years, a breakthrough in understanding the conversion of CO2 to electrofuels

September 17, 2018

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Using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, Columbia University Engineers are the first to observe how CO2 is activated at the electrode-electrolyte interface. Their finding shifts the catalyst design from a trial-and-error paradigm to a rational approach and could lead to alternative, cheaper and safer renewable energy storage. Full Story

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

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