The Gold Nanoparticle in Environmental Management
Nanotechnology is a branch of science that exploits both the properties exhibited by materials at the scale of a few nanometres and our rapidly evolving understanding of biology and chemistry to build materials with specific roles.
Gold nanoparticles play a massively important role in the field of climate technology (cleantech) and could be the solution to a number of pressing environmental concerns.
- Scientists can recycle CO2 by using gold nanoparticles to efficiently convert CO2 into usable chemicals and fuels. It’s a “carbon negative” breakthrough that consumes more CO2 than it puts out, meaning it could lead to an effective industrial-scale way to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change.
- The importance of gold in fuel cells puts the metal at the heart of technologies for a cleaner energy future: Gold nanoparticles are being used to improve the efficiency of solar cells.
- Gold-based materials are showing promise in the search for new, more effective fuel cell catalysts for emissions reduction.
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