Navigation Links
Could the humble sea urchin hold the key to carbon capture?
Date:2/4/2013

A chance discovery that sea urchins use Nickel ions to harness carbon dioxide from the sea to grow their exoskeleton could be the key to capturing tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.

Experts at Newcastle University, UK, have discovered that in the presence of a Nickel catalyst, CO2 can be converted rapidly and cheaply into the harmless, solid mineral, calcium or magnesium carbonate. This discovery, which is published today in the academic journal Catalysis Science & Technology, has the potential to revolutionise the way we capture and store carbon enabling us to significantly reduce CO2 emissions the key greenhouse gas responsible for climate change.

Dr Lidija iller, a physicist and Reader in Nanoscale Technology at Newcastle University, says the discovery was made completely by chance. "We had set out to understand in detail the carbonic acid reaction which is what happens when CO2 reacts with water and needed a catalyst to speed up the process," she explains.

"At the same time, I was looking at how organisms absorb CO2 into their skeletons and in particular the sea urchin which converts the CO2 to calcium carbonate. "When we analysed the surface of the urchin larvae we found a high concentration of Nickel on their exoskeleton. Taking Nickel nanoparticles which have a large surface area, we added them to our carbonic acid test and the result was the complete removal of CO2."

At the moment, pilot studies for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) systems propose the removal of CO2 by pumping it into holes deep underground. However, this is a costly and difficult process and carries with it a long term risk of the gas leaking back out - possibly many miles away from the original downward source.

An alternative solution is to convert the CO2 into calcium or magnesium carbonate. "One way to do this is to use an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase," explains Gaurav Bhaduri, lead author on the paper and a PhD student in the University's
'/>"/>

Contact: Dr. Lidija iller
lidija.siller@ncl.ac.uk
44-019-122-27858
Newcastle University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology technology :

1. Bacterias hidden skill could pave way for stem cell treatments
2. Could probiotics help HIV patients?
3. Molecular machine could hold key to more efficient manufacturing
4. Tiny compound semiconductor transistor could challenge silicons dominance
5. Research discovery could revolutionize semiconductor manufacture
6. Discovery could hold the key to super-sensory hearing
7. Cloning could make structurally pure nanotubes for nanoelectronics
8. Computer memory could increase fivefold from advances in self-assembling polymers
9. Findings could be used to engineer organs
10. New design could improve condenser performance
11. Needle beam could eliminate signal loss in on-chip optics
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/6/2015)... 6, 2015  Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... President and CEO, will present a corporate overview at the ... on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ... for the event will be available on the Company,s website ... the link to the event. Participants should allow approximately 10 ...
(Date:5/6/2015)... May 6, 2015  Northwest Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ: NWBO) ("NW Bio"), ... solid tumor cancers, today announced that Linda Powers , NW ... DCVax cancer vaccine platform for solid tumor cancers and the ...   , , , DATE: , ... , TIME: , , , 12:15 PM EDT , ...
(Date:5/6/2015)... May 06, 2015 Histogen, Inc., ... the products of cells grown under simulated embryonic ... immunomodulatory treatment candidate for melanoma during the 2015 ... place May 6-9, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. , ... produce a soluble material with anti-oncologic properties, with ...
(Date:5/5/2015)... Mass. , May 5, 2015  Blueprint ... closing of its initial public offering of 9,367,708 ... price of $18.00 per share, including shares of ... the underwriters of their option to purchase additional ... offering to Blueprint Medicines were approximately $168.6 million, before ...
Breaking Biology Technology:NW Bio To Webcast, Live, at VirtualInvestorConferences.com On May 7 2NW Bio To Webcast, Live, at VirtualInvestorConferences.com On May 7 3Novel Immunomodulatory Treatment Induces Apoptosis in Melanoma 2Blueprint Medicines Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering 2
... A US District Court,judge in Oregon yesterday ruled ... SN) Endoscopy,s request for an injunction that will prohibit,privately ... selling,medical devices that infringe a patent exclusively licensed to ... Ore., A jury determined in June that Arthrex ...
... CHICAGO, Oct. 29 A Chicago fertility solutions agency,believes ... age trying,to cope with the effects of a free-falling ... a gestational surrogate, are not on public,aid, but don,t ... Alternative Reproductive Resources (ARR) matches infertile intended,parents with ...
... The Fondation du Centre hospitalier,universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) ... a Waters(R) Synapt(TM) MS System, the latest,generation of ... C$1.1 million,-- is the result of a partnership ... creation of the Centre d,expertise en spectrometrie de ...
Cached Biology Technology:District Court Sides with Smith & Nephew; Rules that It will Issue Injunction that will Prohibit Arthrex Inc. from Selling Infringing Medical Devices 2District Court Sides with Smith & Nephew; Rules that It will Issue Injunction that will Prohibit Arthrex Inc. from Selling Infringing Medical Devices 3Fertility Agency Sweetens Incentives to Gestational Surrogates; Finds Interest Up 2Waters Corporation Gives Boost to Clinical Research Programs at University of Sherbrooke Hospital 2Waters Corporation Gives Boost to Clinical Research Programs at University of Sherbrooke Hospital 3Waters Corporation Gives Boost to Clinical Research Programs at University of Sherbrooke Hospital 4Waters Corporation Gives Boost to Clinical Research Programs at University of Sherbrooke Hospital 5
(Date:4/6/2015)... , Apr. 6, 2015 NXT-ID, Inc. ... a biometric authentication company focused on the growing ... filed provisional patent 62/143028 for MINIATURE, ... ENERGY TRANSFER  NXT-ID introduces a new ... This patent surrounds the use of miniature antenna ...
(Date:4/1/2015)... 1, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces the second ... is underway to early access pre-order customers. ... at retail outlets including Walmart, Target, AT&T, Dunkin, Donuts, ... was accepted at all outlets and very easy to ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... The Granite Club, ... club, today announced it has implemented a state-of-the-art access ... for members and staff, while restricting access to authorized ... selected FST,s IMID Access system because it has the ... and staff, in addition to unparalleled security," said ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID Patents Miniature, Low Power Wireless Magnetic Stripe 2NXT-ID Patents Miniature, Low Power Wireless Magnetic Stripe 3NXT-ID Patents Miniature, Low Power Wireless Magnetic Stripe 4NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 2NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 3NXT-ID Reports Second Shipment of Wocket Smart Wallets Underway to Early Access Pre-order Customers and Provides User Feedback 4Granite Club First Private Club in North America to Implement FST Biometrics Secure Access Solution, as Part of Multi-million Dollar Expansion 2
... Unless the IT industry adopts new energy-efficient technologies ... of being unable to contribute to growing the global ... findings come from an 18-month investigation by scholars at ... Singapore and Rice University,s Baker Institute for Public Policy ...
... SAN FRANCISCO, CAOctober 10, 2010Scientists at the Gladstone Institute ... associated with the storage of fat in the liver is ... (HCV). This discovery may offer a new strategy for treating ... throughout the world, and no vaccine is available to prevent ...
... - October 10, 2010 - Novocure reported today that ... a significant increase in survival time when tumor treating ... to previously reported outcomes for patients receiving chemotherapy alone. ... Winterthur Hospital Cancer center in Switzerland, presented the data ...
Cached Biology News:Half the productivity, twice the carbon 2Half the productivity, twice the carbon 3Gladstone scientists link hepatitis C virus infection to fat enzyme in liver cells 2Novocure reports data showing TTF therapy in combination with chemotherapy has the potential to increase overall survival for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer 2
...
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant SCARB2. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = SCARB2...
Alpha-2-antiplasmin precursor (Alpha-2-plasmin inhibitor) (Alpha-2-PI) (Alpha-2-AP). [Source:Uniprot/SWISSPROT;Acc:P08697] Antigen: Recombinant Protein Epitope Signature Tag (PrEST)....
Mouse monoclonal antibody raised against a partial recombinant EOMES. NCBI Entrez Gene ID = EOMES...
Biology Products: