Capturing, Processing Carbon Dioxide with Bubbles

Carbon dioxide emissions account for 80 percent of all greenhouse gases pumped into the environment, totaling in at a staggering 40 tons of CO2 currently emitted from burning fossil fuels. In a response to the high levels of CO2, which have been linked to the accelerating rates in climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called for a 30 percent decrease in emissions of the power sector. Former ECS member Susan Rempe is looking to help the sector achieve that goal through the development of the CO2 Memzyme.

Researchers claim the Memzyme is the only cost-effective way to capture and process CO2. Further, the team states that the Memzyme — which is a membrane with an active layer holding an enzyme — has prefect selectivity.

The development could help capture CO2 from coal-fired power plants and is 10 times thinner than a soap bubble.

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