A team of researchers from the Collège de France and the CNRS has developed a selective copper-based catalyst capable of transforming carbon dioxide into fuels. The catalyst, which is inspired by the structure of gas-trapping cuticles on subaquatic spiders, is described in Nature Materials.
Read the research paper: Bio-inspired hydrophobicity promotes CO2 reduction on a Cu surface. D. Wakerley, S. Lamaison, F. Ozanam, N. Menguy, D. Mercier, P. Marcus, M. Fontecave, V. Mougel. Nature Materials 10.1038/s41563-019-0445-x.