Mr Edwards claimed to have owned up to faking the picture days after it was released last August, but there is no record of his confession.
But the researchers were able to design a catalyst and identify the ideal conditions to maximize ethylene production, while minimizing the methane output to close to nothing.
A catalyst that can convert carbon dioxide into plastic has been developed by researchers in the hope of saving the environment.
The process could divert carbon dioxide, a harmful greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere while also producing everyday plastics.
'Research is generally good, but without revolutionary changes in dealing with plastic waste, this suggested use sounds like very bad news for the environment.' In response, De Luna told the Mail Online: 'Ideally, and as we are seeing every day, the world will transition to renewable energy resources (solar, wind, nuclear, etc.)'However, a challenge in intermittency still remains, i.e the sun does not shine at night.'He explains that even if the world transitions completely to renewable energy, 'many of our goods such as plastics and other materials rely on fossil fuels and hydrocarbons.' 'What we are trying to do it turn carbon dioxide into something useful,' says De Luna.
'We have to do something something with the carbon dioxide and we may as well use it to create a consumable good that permanently sequesters.' De Luna and his fellow researchers say that if the method were paired with carbon capture technology, it could lead to a very green production mechanism for everyday plastics, for example in plumbing, cell phones and medical devices, while also sequestering harmful greenhouse gases.'I think the future will be filled with technologies that make value out of waste,' says De Luna.'It’s exciting because we are working towards developing new and sustainable ways to meet the energy demands of the future,' says De Luna.