Bucky boost for carbon capture

The fullerenes, commonly referred to as "buckyballs" were once described as the molecules that fell to earth by their discovery Harry Kroto. Now, they could have a quite mundane application - boosting carbon-capture technology for industrial flues and natural gas wells. Chemist Andrew Barron of Rice University and colleagues revealed a proof-of-concept study in the journal Scientific Reports in which they demonstrate that amine-rich compounds are highly effective at capturing the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, when combined with [60]fullerene molecules. The research is the subject of an open-access paper today in Nature’s online journal Scientific Reports.