Oregon State University scientists have discovered vanadium peroxide’s ability to react with and bond carbon dioxide which could be used to remove CO2 from the air! This study is part of a $24 million federal effort toward developing methods of direct air capture of carbon dioxide.

In 2021 Oregon State’s May Nyman, the Terence Bradshaw Chemistry Professor in the College of Science, was chosen as the leader of one of nine direct air capture projects funded by the Department of Energy. Her team is exploring how some transition metal complexes can react with air to remove carbon dioxide and convert it to a metal carbonate, similar to what is found in many naturally occurring minerals.

Oregon State University research makes key advance for capturing carbon from the air

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