Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed synthetic biochemical compounds that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or sources such as power plants. These new derivatives mimic how some plants capture carbon dioxide from the air and use it for photosynthesis.
In the biological field, C4 plants are a specific type of plant where the acquired carbon dioxide is first fixed into a four-carbon atom compound. Subsequently, the carbon dioxide enters and is involved in various photosynthetic processes.
These C4 plants use phosphoenolpyruvate, a chemical compound derivative of phosphoenolpyruvic acid, to capture carbon dioxide at night from the atmosphere and then release it during the day for photosynthesis. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed new phosphoenol derivatives that can capture carbon dioxide from industrial sources such as power plants before it enters the atmosphere or from the atmosphere itself.
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