Science Bulletin

, Volume 61, Issue 15, pp 1160–1162 | Cite as

Converting carbon dioxide into alkanes via alkane reverse combustion reaction

  • Yafei Gao
  • Liang DengEmail author
Research Highlight
Energy crisis and environmental degradation are the two most server challenges to modern humane society. Currently, fossil fuels are the main energy resource used by human-beings. The combustion of fossil fuels generates energy and at the same time produces CO 2 and H 2O. Along with the world’s soaring energy consumption, the depleting of fossil fuel resources on earth and the accumulation of the greenhouse gas, CO 2, in atmosphere have raised people’s concerns on the related energy and environment issues. A one-stone-two-birds solution to these problems could be converting CO 2 into hydrocarbons via the alkane reverse combustion reaction (Eq. ( 1)) with solar energy as the energy input. The whole process is reminiscent to photosynthesis that leads to the net conversion of CO 2 and H 2O into carbohydrates and O 2, and the conversion of light energy into chemical energy. In the recent years, artificial photosynthetic systems for fuel and chemical production have experienced rapid growth [ 1].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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