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  • Researchers report breakthrough in quest for renewable carbon-based fuels

    In the right conditions, silver nanoparticles, represented by the large orange spheres, can absorb visible light. Charge carriers produced by light excitation are transferred to CO2 and water, allowing the conversion to hydrocarbons and other multicarbon molecules. In the graphic, carbon atoms are black, oxygen atoms are red and hydrogen atoms are white.  Graphic courtesy D. Devasia/Jain Lab/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign