Toshiba Artificial Photosynthesis

Converting CO2 into Ethylene Glycol
Monday, July 31, 2017 10:07 am EDT

By:

Eddie Temistokle, Toshiba America, Inc.

Among Mother Nature’s many wonders, Toshiba researchers focused on photosynthesis -- a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy into chemical energy that can later be released to fuel the organisms' activities (energy transformation). In other words, plants are able to synthesize food directly from carbon dioxide and water using energy from light. Learning from this system, Toshiba researchers created a novel way to convert carbon dioxide into ethylene glycol. The ethylene glycol generated by this artificial photosynthesis system is a valuable and versatile industrial raw material that can be used in the manufacture of PET bottles, polyester fibers and resins!

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