A team of scientists and engineers from Rutgers University has created ultra-small titanium dioxide crystals that could convert carbon dioxide into fuels.
The crystals, which blink when exposed to a beam of electrons, stay charged for a long time and could be beneficial for environmental cleanups, solar cells, sensors, electronic devices and other efforts.
“Our findings are quite important and intriguing in a number of ways, and more research is needed to understand how these exotic crystals work and to fulfill their potential,” said senior author Tewodros Asefa, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
The crystals could also assist in the production of methane and other fuels as well as benefit efforts to develop quantum computers.
You can read more about the finding at Science Daily.