Target: Dr. Agustin Bueno Lopez, researcher at the Carbon Materials and Environment Group
Goal: Praise researchers for developing a new technology that may help eliminate nitrous oxide compounds in the atmosphere
A research group at the University of Alicante in Spain may have developed a catalyst that could purify the gases emitted by machines and factories, especially nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide compounds are responsible for the destruction of the ozone layer. Eliminating all nitrous oxide emissions from human activities would be the equivalent of reducing all of the greenhouse gas emissions to the levels agreed upon in the Kyoto Protocol. The new catalyst has the potential to be the biggest development in environmental science to date and deserves our praise.
The most promising method proposed by the Carbon Materials and Environment Group consists of decomposing nitrous oxide into the component molecules of oxygen and molecular nitrogen. Alone, these molecules have no negative effects on the environment. The drawback is that temperatures above 625°C are needed for the decomposition to occur spontaneously, which is much higher than streams of polluted gas. Water vapor and oxygen inhibit the gases from reaching temperatures much higher than 450°C.
This is where the catalyst comes in. Agustin Bueno Lopez, a researcher with the project explains, “The catalytic decomposition is carried out by placing the catalyst in a fixed bed reactor through which the gas stream to be purified passes.” The catalyst acts as a filter that can heat the streams of gas to the desired temperature. When that temperature is reached, a breakdown occurs in which the particles separate and revert back to oxygen and nitrogen. Essentially, the catalyst turns pollution into atmosphere.
So far the technology has been tested on several machines, plants, and engines. All of the tests performed thus far show that the catalyst can be applied to various chemical production plants involving ammonia, oxidation, and fossil fuels, as well as vehicle emissions, both gasoline and diesel. The idea of being able to turn harmful gases back into pure atmosphere seems farfetched, but this technology could very well be the breakthrough in sustainability the world has needed. All that is left to be seen is whether or not it can be implemented on a large scale, so show your support by signing the petition below so that Carbon Materials and Environment Group will get that chance.
Dear Dr. Bueno Lopez
You recently announced that you, along with your colleagues at the Carbon Materials Research Group, have developed a technology that could help eliminate nitrous oxide emissions in cars and factories. This catalyst allows streams of polluted gas to revert back to oxygen and nitrogen particles, the building blocks of the earth’s atmosphere. Nitrous Oxide is responsible for the damage we have caused to the ozone layer and eliminating its emissions could dramatically change the impact humans have on the environment for the better.
Thank you for the amazing work you have done. I sincerely hope that this technology has the support and the chance to be implemented on a large scale. It could very well be the breakthrough the world has been looking for.
[Your Name Here]
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