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Chinese Researchers Design New Catalyst that Converts Carbon Dioxide into Methanol

Chinese scientists have synthesized a new catalyst to turn carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, into methanol, generally regarded as a clean fuel for engines.

A group of scientists, headed by Zeng Jie from the University of Science and Technology of China, designed a catalyst on the basis of single atoms of platinum, which have the efficacy to convert carbon dioxide into methanol at a temperature of 150 C and under an atmospheric pressure of 32 bars.

The selectivity of the platinum-based catalyst for methanol reaches 90.3%, about 10 percentage points higher than the widely used catalyst based on zinc, copper, and aluminum.

The study provides a new method to produce methanol with high purity and will help scientists better understand the mechanism of single-atom catalysis.

Zeng Jie, University of Science and Technology, China

The research was reported in the academic journal Nature Communications.


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