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New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2

New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2 In a quest to find a way to convert carbon dioxide into something useful, researchers from Oak Ridge National Labs in TN stumbled across an inexpensive, room-temperature catalyst for turning CO2 into ethanol.The new catalyst is made of copper nanoparticles, electroplated onto a substrate of vapor-deposited, nitrogen-doped graphene nanospikes, all atop a slice of n-type silicon semiconductor.