While nature builds all her organic materials from CO₂, the stability and inertness of the CO₂ molecule prevents its use in chemical technology. The team of Leitner searches for catalysts as molecular tools to break through this wall. Together with the company Covestro, they developed a catalytic process to incorporate CO₂ into polyurethane plastics, replacing fossil feedstocks and reducing the carbon footprint in the production of materials with many applications in a multi-million ton market.

Tags: Circular Economy, Climate change, Energy, Engineering, Environment & Nature, Green Tech, Hydrogen, Renewable energies, Trust in science, Sustainable Production of Consumer Products, Green Chemistry

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