Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

A Useful Greenhouse Gas?

PostedMay 13, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Carbon dioxide is a byproduct of making plastics.  But Cliff Kubiak, a University of California chemist, now suggests using CO2 in the process.

Cliff Kubiak:  Why not incorporate a greenhouse gas into the plastic and park it there, rather than producing that same greenhouse gas along the way?

Randy Atkins:  Kubiak says, with the help of some chemical engineering, energy from sunlight can split CO2 into oxygen and carbon monoxide, which can be used to make plastic and even fuel.  It may not solve the entire global warming problem, but…

Cliff Kubiak:  Any substitution that uses CO2 instead of producing it is a step in the right direction.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

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