Researchers in Singapore say they have developed a method for transforming carbon dioxide into methanol, a biofuel. The scientists from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology said they used an organocatalyst called N-heterocyclic carbene to activate the carbon dioxide, added hydrosilane and used hydrolysis to complete the nontoxic process. "We are innovating effective methods of generating clean energy using green chemistry and nanotechnology," said professor Jackie Y. Ying, executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

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