Neil Williams, a UT graduate research assistant in the Department of Chemistry, along with scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have stumbled upon a method to pull carbon dioxide from the air and trap the carbon in crystalline form.
With the threat of climate change looming, it is becoming increasingly more important to find innovative ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere with as little energy input as possible. While similar capture techniques require temperatures of up to 800 degrees Celsius, this technique is a step in that direction, requiring only about 120 degrees to capture carbon.
Transferring carbon from the atmosphere into a solid form is ideal because it is the same way the Earth does it! But of course that takes a lot more time.
The scientists plan to hone their newly discovered method in future research by tweaking parameters to find the ideal conditions for carbon capture.