Chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight.
In lab experiments, the research team mixed plastics with their catalyst in a solvent, which allows the solution to harness light energy and convert the dissolved plastics into formic acid – a chemical used in fuel cells to produce electricity.
Tethered Chem Combos Could Revolutionize Artificial Photosynthesis
New approach improves the efficiency of converting sunlight to hydrogen fuel;
Provides a platform for testing different combos of light-absorbers and catalysts
UPTON, NY—Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have doubled the efficiency of a chemical combo that captures light and splits water molecules so the building blocks can be used to produce hydrogen fuel.