A team of researchers has discovered a new CO2 capture method from fossil fuel burning that they hope can be used on industrial chimneys, vehicle exhaust pipes, and other mobile sources of carbon.
The team, led by Dr. Haiyan Mao from UC Berkeley, published their findings in Science Advances. The scientists used the polymer melamine – the main component of Formica – in combination with other chemicals.
The resulting material can absorb nearly all the CO2 in a flue gas mixture within about three minutes. The system can work at a temperature of 40°C (104°F) but only releases CO2 when heated to 80°C (176°F).