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UDaily: UD's Jiao develops new catalysts to convert greenhouse gas to chemicals

UDaily: UD's Jiao develops new catalysts to convert greenhouse gas to chemicals

Feng Jiao, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Delaware, has received a highly competitive Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research to develop catalysts for converting greenhouse gases to useful chemicals. Earlier this year, Jiao developed a highly selective silver catalyst capable of electrochemically converting carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas — to carbon monoxide with 92 percent efficiency. He reported the findings in Nature Communications.

Now, with more than $400,000 in new funding, Jiao’s research group is exploring the use of bimetallic catalysts for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO).

“Exploring an area no one else has considered is exciting,” Jiao said. “It’s not just about how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also about how we can use advanced technology to convert something with a negative impact into something positive that can improve how society generates and consumes energy.”