What a crazy world, while many are becoming paranoia about depletion of fossil fuel as primary fuel for our world’s economy, Professor Yun Hang Hu from Michigan Technological University and team of researchers led by him have successfully developed a heat releasing reaction that involve CO2, the concerns as ‘problematic’ element generated as the by-product of global warming.

The discovery shows chemical reaction not only soaks up CO2, but also generate useful chemical along with significant amounts of energy. This heat releasing reaction is derived from CO2 and lithium nitride (Li3N), a compound that only stable alkali metal nitride and is made by reacting lithium with nitrogen at room temperature.


The reaction of lithium nitride with carbon dioxide resulted in amorphous carbon nitride (C3N4), a semiconductor, and lithium cyanamide (Li2CN2), a precursor to fertilizers. This is interesting process, as it is capable to convert CO2 into a solid material, as told by Hu to the media.

Meanwhile, for the energy release, Hu and his team has added CO2 to less than a gram of Li3N at 330 degree Celsius, and guess what they discovered? The surrounding temperature suddendly shot up almost up to one thousand degree Celsius, about 1,832 degree Fahrenheit or roughly the temperature of lava flowing out from an active volcano.

How much increment of energy? A rough figure of at least double the energy used from the reaction process! Running out of energy? Well, if the foundation that funded the research are doing research for good of the mankind, this should be another abundance energy solution for our world, for indefinite years to come as long as CO2 exists in our atmosphere!

If on next presidential candidate for election campaign in your country is saying that your country are running out of energy, that’s certainly one mediocre presumption!

[ Source: Gizmag ; Michigan Tech ]