Plants inspire ground-breaking tech-based climate solutions

Yimin Wu headshot

Yimin Wu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

While efforts to reduce emissions are critical for climate change mitigation, some scientists are taking a different approach and exploring unique processes that can convert excess atmospheric CO2 into useful alternatives. Yimin Wu, scientist and engineering professor, and his team have created an “artificial leaf ” to fight climate change. This new technology, inspired by plants and the process of photosynthesis, converts CO2 into methanol and oxygen. Wu and his colleagues recognize the urgency in fighting climate change and are optimistic about the potential of their discovery to help reduce CO2 emissions while at the same time creating an alternative fuel.

4 photos of the artificial leaf