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Mohammad Gheibi Appointed as CEO of TULTECH

We are excited to announce that Mohammad Gheibi has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Talent Under Liberty in Technology (TULTECH), effective immediately.

With his extensive experience in research and development, coupled with his visionary leadership, Mohammad Gheibi is well-positioned to lead TULTECH into its next phase of growth and innovation.

Please join us in congratulating Mohammad on his new role and wishing him success in his endeavours as CEO of TULTECH.

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Clean, sustainable fuel produced from plastic garbage

Posted on 8 July, 2023 by benyamin chahkandi

Clean, sustainable fuel produced from plastic garbage

Summary: Researchers have shown how carbon dioxide from industrial operations or even straight from the air can be gathered and converted into sustainable, clean fuels using only solar energy.

The University of Cambridge researchers created a solar-powered reactor that transforms collected COand plastic waste into renewable fuels and other useful chemical compounds. In experiments, COwas transformed into syngas, an essential component of sustainable liquid fuels, and plastic bottles into glycolic acid, a substance used extensively in the cosmetics sector.


However, in contrast to past testing of their solar fuels technique, the team used COfrom actual sources, including industrial exhaust or ambient air. The COwas concentrated and captured by researchers, who then used it to create sustainable fuel.

The findings, which were published in the journal Joule, represent another significant step towards the creation of clean fuels to power the economy without the need for environmentally harmful oil and gas extraction, even though advancements must be made before this technology can be deployed on an industrial scale.

The Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry's research team, led by Professor Erwin Reisner, has been employing artificial leaves for several years to create sustainable, net-zero carbon fuels that are inspired by photosynthesis, the process by which plants turn light into food. Using only solar energy, these artificial leaves transform COand water into fuels.

They have employed pure, concentrated COfrom a cylinder in their solar-powered trials up to this point, but for the technology to be useful, it must be able to actively capture COfrom industrial processes or straight from the air. But since COis simply one of many different kinds of molecules in the air we breathe, it will be extremely difficult to develop a system that is discriminating enough to convert highly diluted CO2.

Reisner added, "We need to entirely eliminate fossil fuels in order to build a truly circular economy. We're not just interested in decarbonization, but de-fossilization. "In the short term, this technology could reduce carbon emissions by capturing them from industry and converting them into something useful, but in the long run, we need to completely eliminate fossil fuels and capture COfrom the atmosphere."

The carbon capture and storage (CCS) process, in which COis trapped, pumped underground, and then stored, served as inspiration for the researchers.

According to Reisner, CCS is a technology that is well-liked by the fossil fuel industry as a means of lowering carbon emissions while maintaining oil and gas exploration. But if we had carbon capture and utilisation rather than carbon capture and storage, we could utilise COinstead of burying it underground with unknowable long-term effects and do away with the need for fossil fuels.

The researchers modified their solar-powered device so that it can convert COand polymers into fuel and chemicals using just solar energy, and it now operates with flue gas or directly from the air.

The COis trapped when air is bubbled through a system containing an alkaline solution, while the nitrogen and oxygen that are also present in the air harmlessly bubble out. The COfrom air in solution can be concentrated by the researchers using this bubbling method, making it more manageable.

An anode and a photocathode are both parts of the integrated system. In the first of the system's two compartments, trapped COsolution is transformed into syngas, a straightforward fuel. On the other hand, using simply sunlight, plastics are transformed into valuable compounds.

The plastic component, according to co-first author Dr. Motiar Rahaman, is a key component of this system. The chemistry is more challenging when COfrom the air is captured and used. However, when plastic garbage is introduced to the system, it contributes electrons to the CO2. The COis transformed into syngas, which is a straightforward fuel, and the plastic decomposes to glycolic acid, which is widely utilised in the cosmetics industry.

According to co-first author Dr. Sayan Kar, "This solar-powered system takes two harmful waste products -- plastic and carbon emissions -- and converts them into something truly useful."

Rahaman added, "We can catch COfrom the air and generate clean fuel from it, instead of storing it underground, like in CCS. We can remove the fossil fuel industry from the fuel production process in this way, which should help us prevent catastrophic climate change.

The fact that we can efficiently extract COfrom the air and turn it into something useful is unique, according to Kar. It's gratifying to realise we can complete the task utilising simply sunshine.

To demonstrate the advantages of integrating direct air capture with COutilisation as a path to a zero-carbon future, scientists are now developing a bench-top demonstrator device with better efficiency and usability.

 

source: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/06/230619120149.htm


Today In History

Here are some interesting facts ih history happened on 25 April.

  1. President Benjamin Harrison visits San Francisco.
  2. New York becomes 1st state requiring license plates for cars
  3. United Nations Conference starts.
  4. Robert Noyce granted a patent for the integrated circuit.