Scientists have taken a leaf from nature’s book in an effort to make clean gas found in fuels, pharmaceuticals and plastics. A new device, or “artificial leaf”, has been developed at the University of Cambridge which mimics photosynthesis, the process plants use to gather energy from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. At present, a gas known as syngas is produced from fossil fuels, but the new carbon-neutral solution that has been drawn up by scientists could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. Professor Erwin Reisner and his team have managed to ensure the device does not release any additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
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