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Carbon Neutral
(Realization of CO2 and N2 fixation)


Water Gas Shift Reaction and CO Dehydrogenase
 
 CO2 is one of the most economical carbon sources that can expectedly replace oil or coal. Water-gas shift reaction (WGSR) is a useful chemical reaction that is capable of adjusting the ratio between "CO, H2O" and "CO2, H2". The reaction supposedly progresses with formic acid (HCOOH) as an intermediate, but its mechanism has not been made clear as yet. Our laboratory has proposed a new mechanism involving two molecules of formic acid ions (Organometallics 2005, 24, 4816-4823). By implementing carbon monoxide dehydrogenase (CODH), we will expand the studies on CO2 fixation.
 
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