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 fullerene molecules. The research is the subject of an open-access paper today in Nature’s online journal Scientific Reports.
Bucky boost for carbon capture