Researcher pursuing his ‘artificial leaf’ breakthrough

Thursday, December 17, 2020

More than a year after publishing a paper that attracted worldwide attention, a Waterloo Engineering researcher is working towards commercialization of technology to tackle climate change.

Yimin Wu, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, was inspired by nature to create an “artificial leaf” that converts harmful carbon dioxide into an alternative fuel.

“We’ve been talking to provincial governments so we can move forward,” Wu says of ongoing efforts to take his work out of the lab and on to the front lines of the fight against global warming. “I want to demonstrate the technology in Canada and then bring it to the world.”

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