X-rays reveal secrets of low-cost carbon capture
Diamond Light Source synchrotron is being used to improve carbon capture methods. Scientists from the University of Leeds used the facility to work out the main way calcium oxide-based materials absorb carbon dioxide.
The Diamond synchrotron.
These materials are low-cost and plentiful, and can be used for carbon capture both before and after fuel combustion, so this new knowledge is an important step in making carbon capture even more efficient and economically viable.
Diamond is the UK's national synchrotron, a not-for-profit facility used by academic and industry researchers across a range of disciplines. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, it produces beams of light at wavelengths from infra-red to X-ray, which enables researchers to study materials at atomic detail.
The research is published in Energy & Environmental Science.
Posted on 1 August 2012
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