New potential application for CO2


Researchers, led by the University of Toronto Ted Sargent group, used a new technique exclusive to the Canadian Light Source (CSL) in Saskatoon to pinpoint conditions that would convert CO2 most efficiently into ethylene.

Ethylene is used to make polyethylene, the most common plastic used with an annual global production of 80 million tonnes.

The results of the study could help divert CO2 from the atmosphere while reducing the need for fossil fuels to make products.

“The future will be filled with technologies that make value out of waste,” said U of T PhD student Phil De Luna, who was the lead researcher on the project.

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