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Electrolytic conversion: CO2 to sugar

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Dioxide Materials' Patent US9,193,593, shows that one can convert CO2 and water into 85% hexoses, 10% salts of hexoses and 5% pentoses by electrolyzing the CO2 to HCOOH, hydrogenating the HCOOH to formaldehyde, then using the Formose reaction to produce sugars. The proposed work will modify this for space applications.

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Aldol Additions in Supercritical CO2

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Supercritical carbon dioxide is an excellent solvent, used widely on Earth for chromatographic separations, cleaning electronic components and textiles, chemical extractions, and even bringing reactants and catalysts together. On Mars, we propose scCO2 as the reaction solvent for two diastereoselective aldol additions of glycolaldehyde using simple asymmetric enamine organocatalysts.

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Space-Sugar with Electrochemical Energy Technology

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We propose a two-step process to convert CO2 into C4–C8sugars, including glucose. Our first step will synthesize aldehydes using locally generated renewable electricity. These are then condensed into sugars via the formose reaction. Our strategy allows further improvements to efficiency, production rate, and footprint through modular optimization.

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Sugars from Carbon-Dioxide+Water+Electricity

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Herein we extend our recently demonstrated electrochemical process for selective reduction of CO2 to C1-C5 carbohydrates catalyzed by transition metal phosphides (EC-CO2RR). Starting from our previously demonstrated C3 and C5 carbohydrates we propose pathways to hexoses and pentoses that utilize no other starting materials other than CO2, water and electricity.

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Thermochemical Sugar Production from Air

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The Air Company has developed an electrochemically-driven, non-biological, catalytic method to produce glucose from CO2, water, and solar electricity through alcohol intermediates. All of the catalysts are either heterogeneous, or can be thermally regenerated, requiring no additional inputs other than CO2, water, and electricity, enabling deployment using air on Mars.

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