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With $500,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Manashi Nath, above, is working to reduce greenhouse gases by designing a catalyst to convert the environmental pollutant carbon dioxide into new fuels and chemicals while using as few new resources as possible.
“Fossil fuels continue to supply the majority of global energy needs, and a large downside of the production process is the creation of huge quantities of carbon dioxide as byproduct,” says Nath, associate professor of chemistry. “Carbon dioxide concentration is at an all-time high and is projected to continue to rise over the next several years.”