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Carbon dioxide into ethanol as a waste-to-fuel technology is the topic for the next UT Science Forum Friday, March 31

Adam J. Rondinone, senior staff scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, will present “Carbon Dioxide into Ethanol: Waste-to-Fuel Technology” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, March 31.

Rondinone and his colleagues at ORNL have discovered tiny metallic particles that turn carbon dioxide (a gas that is causing the Earth to warm) into ethanol (a highly useful fuel). These microscopic particles thus remove a highly polluting gas from the air while allowing cars and trucks to continue to operate. The ethanol created in this reaction could also be stored and used to generate electricity whenever needed. Rondinone and his colleagues are now working to scale up their discovery for use in society.

The UT Science Forum takes place Friday, March 31 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe (located at 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way), Rooms C-D.

Guests are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the arena. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

Additionally, this year, we have temporary parking passes available for our guests who do not have UT parking passes. An RSVP is required for the pass. Please email Amanda Womac for more details.