You probably don’t think about aluminum very much. But you should. The ubiquitous metal is in airplanes, iPhones, and engine blocks made by General Motors, to name just a few uses. A 12-inch MacBook, for example, consists of over half a pound of aluminum. And since the late 19th century, the metal has been smelted using the same method—a process that releases carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Today, two companies—Alcoa and Rio Tinto—announced that they’re working together following the discovery of a new way to smelt aluminum that releases oxygen, not carbon dioxide. The new technique was developed by DMSE alum Jim Yurko Ph.D.