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Issue 7, 2010
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Heterogeneous catalytic CO2 conversion to value-added hydrocarbons

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The impact that anthropogenic CO2 is having on the environment has been thoroughly documented over the last 20 years. Many different technologies have been proposed to reduce its impact on global warming such as geological sequestration. However, an interesting and attractive alternative would be the recycling of the gas into energy-rich molecules. Iron rather than cobalt catalysts, based on the Fischer–Tropsch technology, have shown the greatest promise in converting CO2 to value-added hydrocarbons. The addition of co-catalysts is, however, essential to fine tune the product distribution to the more desired alkene products. The role that both the promoter and support play on the catalyst's activity is reviewed.

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The article was received on 22 Jan 2010, accepted on 09 Apr 2010 and first published on 17 May 2010

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C001514H
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2010,3, 884-890
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    Heterogeneous catalytic CO2 conversion to value-added hydrocarbons

    R. W. Dorner, D. R. Hardy, F. W. Williams and H. D. Willauer, Energy Environ. Sci., 2010, 3, 884
    DOI: 10.1039/C001514H

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