CO2 Sponge

A plastic sponge that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our tranisition away from polluting fossil fuels to new energy sources like hydrogen. A relative of food container plastics could play a role in President Obama’s plan to cut CO2 emissions. The material might also someday be integrated into power plant smokestacks.

The report on the material is one of nearly 12,000 presentations at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday.

“The key point is that this polymer is stable, it’s cheap, and it adsorbs CO2 extremely well. It’s geared toward function in a real-world environment,” says Andrew Cooper, Ph.D. “In a future landscape where fuel-cell technology is used, this adsorbent could work toward zero-emission technology.”



3 thoughts on “CO2 Sponge

  1. Plastics? And, what makes plastic? Reminding me of the movie. “The Graduate”, when the husband of Mrs. Robinson tells Hoffman to think “plastics”. Are you telling us that the old is new again, lol…..

    1. The plastics of the 70’s are old hat, like the TV’s of the same era.this is a microporous organic polymers formed by condensation of 1,3,5-tris(4-aminophenyl)benzene and a number of dialdehyde monomers.

      This ain’t your grandfather’s plastic! His was/were polyvinyl chloride, low density polyethylene, polystyrene, and polymethyl methacrylate.

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