Cheaper Way to Produce Chemicals | Biomimicry |

"A new method for cheaply making fuels and essential chemicals has been developed and could one day be used to convert CO2 into a renewable fuel. Taking their inspiration from nature, scientists at the University of New South Wales have developed a new method for carrying out chemical reduction – an industrial process used to produce fuels and chemicals that are vital for modern society. Their catalyst-based approach has the big advantages that it uses cheap, replenishable reagents and it works well at room temperature and in air – so much so, it can even be carried out safely in a teacup. [...] The catalyst they designed mimics the activity of naturally occurring enzymes that catalyse reduction, such as alcohol dehydrogenase in yeast, that helps produce alcohol from sugar."