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Aug 15, 2020

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Researchers make green chemistry advance with new catalyst for reduction of carbon dioxide

Aug 13, 2020: Researchers have made a key advance in the green chemistry pursuit of converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into reusable forms of carbon via electrochemical reduction.

Spider silk inspires new class of functional synthetic polymers

Aug 12, 2020: Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. To overcome this problem, researchers decided to take inspiration from nature and created a new class of polymers based on protein-like materials that work as proton conductors and might be useful in future bio-electronic devices.

Anode material for safe batteries with a long cycle life

Aug 6, 2020: Researchers investigated a highly promising anode material for future high-performance batteries - lithium lanthanum titanate with a perovskite crystal structure (LLTO). Researchers can improve the energy density, power density, charging rate, safety, and cycle life of batteries without requiring a decrease of the particle size from micro to nano scale.

Turning carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

Aug 5, 2020: Chemists report a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product and low cost.

Durability Issue Addressed for Hydrogen Car Fuel Cells

Aug 2, 2020: As one of the most promising green technologies that we have, the use of hydrogen fuel cells in cars is a huge deal. This could be the industry change that allows us to move into an era whereby we can move away from having to use expensive, non-sustainable sources for fuel. However, one problem that ……

Hydrogen: lighting the path to liberty

Jul 27, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Very different processes distribute the earth’s mineral wealth and the political configurations of its surface. Though different, they coincide in ways that profoundly impact our destinies. In the late industrial period, the relative value of energy has been so high, and energy extraction as oil and gas has been so ……

Tandem catalytic system efficiently converts carbon dioxide to methanol

Jul 24, 2020: Chemists have used a tandem catalytic system to efficiently convert carbon dioxide to methanol. By encapsulating multiple catalysts involved in the tandem process in nanoporous materials called metal-organic frameworks, the team reports achieving superior performance by eliminating catalyst incompatibility. The method could be applied to other tandem catalytic processes, allowing more efficient access to alternative fuels, commodity chemicals, and valuable pharmaceutical products.

Scientists develop new material for longer-lasting fuel cells

Jul 22, 2020: New research suggests that graphene -- made in a specific way -- could be used to make more durable hydrogen fuel cells for cars.

Battery breakthrough gives boost to electric flight and long-range electric cars

Jul 20, 2020: Researchers have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and electric planes called eVTOLs for fast, environmentally friendly commutes.

Researchers create a roadmap to better multivalent batteries

Jul 17, 2020: Lithium-ion batteries power everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but demand is growing for less expensive and more readily available alternatives. The top candidates all hold promise, but researchers report that steep challenges remain.

The secret to renewable solar fuels is an off-and-on again relationship

Jul 17, 2020: Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting CO2 into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen, according to scientists.

“Why Nations Fail” — A great read with an H2 epilog

Jul 17, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Davidson College is near our NC home and its proximity offers neighbors access to an astonishing parade of great minds. In 1962 I met cosmologist George Gamow there and got to ask him a few questions. Albert Einstein had died only seven years earlier; some would say Gamow was his ……

Low-cost catalyst helps turn seawater into fuel at scale

Jul 15, 2020: The Navy's quest to power its ships by converting seawater into fuel is one step nearer fruition. Chemical engineers have demonstrated that a potassium-promoted molybdenum carbide catalyst efficiently and reliably converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, a critical step in the process.

New lithium battery charges faster, reduces risk of device explosions

Jul 14, 2020: Cell phone batteries often heat up and, at times, can burst into flames. In most cases, the culprit behind such incidents can be traced back to lithium batteries. Despite providing long-lasting electric currents that can keep devices powered up, lithium batteries can internally short circuit, heating up the device.

H2X Snowy Fuel Cell Vehicle Preview

Jul 12, 2020: H2X Australia is a company that has been working on some interesting new projects, with the aim being to build industrial vehicles and passenger cars using a fuel cell/ultracapacitor hybrid system. They expect to release an SUV model, dubbed “Snowy” in 2022-23. The company has a team of around 70 so far but has set ……

Using electricity to break down pollutants left over after wastewater treatment

Jul 9, 2020: Pesticides, pharmaceutical products, and endocrine disruptors are some of the emerging contaminants often found in treated domestic wastewater, even after secondary treatment. Researchers have now tested the effectiveness of a tertiary treatment process using electricity.

Engineers use electricity to clean up toxic water

Jul 7, 2020: Powerful electrochemical process destroys water contaminants, such as pesticides. Wastewater is a significant environment issue. Researchers say the technology could be readily applied to the wine industry, paper processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

New room-temperature liquid-metal battery could be the path to powering the future

Jul 6, 2020: Researchers have created a new liquid battery with components that can remain molten at room temperature. Other liquid batteries must be kept at 240 degrees Celsius for their components to stay molten.

New candidate for raw material synthesis through gene transfer

Jul 2, 2020: Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen.

AI could help improve performance of lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells

Jun 25, 2020: Researchers have demonstrated how machine learning could help design lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells with better performance.

Research determines financial benefit from driving electric vehicles

Jun 23, 2020: Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new analysis.

New battery electrolyte may boost the performance of electric vehicles

Jun 22, 2020: Researchers have designed a new electrolyte for lithium metal batteries that could increase the driving range of electric cars.

The Hydrogen Transition: Kubrick’s “2001” monolith

Jun 20, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson The world may little note nor long remember the routine June 8, 2020, press release by Germany’s venerable Thyssenkrupp industrial giant. But to me it is a transition marker that’s profound in the same way that the tiny band of iridium and ash around the world marks the cretaceous-tertiary boundary ……

Researchers make next-generation, high-toughness battery component

Jun 18, 2020: By combining a ceramic material with graphene, engineers have made what they say is the toughest solid electrolyte built to date.

Two-dimensional carbon networks

Jun 18, 2020: Lithium-ion batteries usually contain graphitic carbons as anode materials. Scientists have investigated the carbonic nanoweb graphdiyne as a novel two-dimensional carbon network for its suitability in battery applications. Graphdiyne is as flat and thin as graphene, which is the one-atomic-layer-thin version of graphite, but it has a higher porosity and adjustable electronic properties. Researchers now describe its simple bottom-up synthesis from tailor-made precursor molecules.

Engineers develop new fuel cells with twice the operating voltage as hydrogen

Jun 18, 2020: Engineers have developed high-power, direct borohydride fuel cells that operate at double the voltage of conventional hydrogen fuel cells.

Using tiny electrodes to measure electrical activity in bacteria

Jun 17, 2020: Scientists have developed an organic electrochemical transistor that they can use to measure and study in fine detail a phenomenon known as extracellular electron transfer in which bacteria release electrons.

Engineers find neat way to turn waste carbon dioxide into useful material

Jun 10, 2020: Making catalysts to convert waste carbon dioxide into useful industrial products has been expensive and complicated -- until now. Engineers show it's as easy as playing with Lego.

Liquid metals break down organic fuels into ultra-thin graphitic sheets

Jun 10, 2020: For the first time, researchers show the synthesis of ultra-thin graphitic materials at room temperature using organic fuels (which can be as simple as basic alcohols such as ethanol).

Novel eco-friendly electrochemical reaction can synthesize useful semiconductor materials

Jun 8, 2020: In the field of electronics, developing novel strategies for organic semiconductor synthesis are crucial. Derivatives of compounds called 'thienoacenes' have been known for their role as organic semiconductors, but conventional methods for the synthesis of thienoacenes require the use of expensive transition metal catalysts. To overcome this limitation, scientists developed a novel electrochemical reaction that successfully produced thienoacene derivatives in a cost-effective manner.

Researchers advance fuel cell technology

Jun 8, 2020: Researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars.

VTOL Aircraft + Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Jun 4, 2020: Hydrogen usage in various forms of aviation has become a major focus in recent years. It’s seen as a crucial part of the next phase which can allow us to fly aircraft without the massive fuel expenditure that they come with today. One current discussion revolves around the use of hydrogen fuel cells in VTOL ……

New material, modeling methods promise advances in energy storage

Jun 4, 2020: The explosion of mobile electronic devices, electric vehicles, drones and other technologies have driven demand for new lightweight materials that can provide the power to operate them.

Breaking the mold: An unusual choice of material yields incredibly long-lasting batteries

Jun 3, 2020: Scientists have developed a novel silica-based cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries, thereby enabling the realization of batteries that can last for over 2000 charge/discharge cycles. The possibility of successfully using the unconventional silica could spark a paradigm shift in rechargeable battery designs.

Innocent and highly oxidizing

Jun 3, 2020: Chemists produce new oxidants as a tool for preparative chemistry.

A new strategy for the optimal electroreduction of Co2 to high-value products

Jun 3, 2020: Researchers suggest that modulation of local CO2 concentration improves the selectivity, conversion rate, and electrode stability, and shed a new light on the electrochemical CO2 reduction technology for controlling emissions at a low cost.

New NiMH batteries perform better when made from recycled old NiMH batteries

Jun 1, 2020: A new method for recycling old batteries can provide better performing and cheaper rechargeable hydride batteries (NiMH) as shown in a new study.

Researchers develop viable sodium battery

Jun 1, 2020: Researchers have created a sodium-ion battery that holds as much energy and works as well as some commercial lithium-ion battery chemistries, making for a potentially viable battery technology out of abundant and cheap materials. The team reports one of the best results to date for a sodium-ion battery.

Microbial cyborgs: Bacteria supplying power

May 26, 2020: Electronic devices are still made of lifeless materials. One day, however, 'microbial cyborgs' might be used in fuel cells, biosensors, or bioreactors. Scientists have created the necessary prerequisite by developing a programmable, biohybrid system consisting of a nanocomposite and the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium that produces electrons. The material serves as a scaffold for the bacteria and, at the same time, conducts the microbially produced current.

A spreadable interlayer could make solid state batteries more stable

May 19, 2020: Solid state batteries are of great interest to the electric vehicle industry. Scientists now present a new way of bringing this promising concept closer to application. An interlayer, made of a spreadable, 'butter-like' material helps improve the current density tenfold, while also increasing performance and safety.

Electrolysis: Chemists have discovered how to produce better electrodes

May 14, 2020: Another step forward for renewable energies: The production of green hydrogen could be even more efficient in the future. By applying an unusual process step, chemists have found a way to treat inexpensive electrode materials and considerably improve their properties during electrolysis.

Coordination polymer glass provides solid support for hydrogen fuel cells

May 13, 2020: Scientists are synthesizing stronger and more efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cell membranes. Most fuel cells currently on the market employ liquid membranes. A new coordination polymer glass membrane works just as well as its liquid counterparts with added strength and flexibility.

The role of European policy for improving power plant fuel efficiency

May 8, 2020: A new study investigates the impact of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest international cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions in the world, on power plant fuel efficiency.

Investigating the dynamics of stability

May 6, 2020: Scientists have gained important insight into the mechanisms that drive stability and activity in materials during oxygen evolution reactions. This insight will guide the practical design of materials for electrochemical fuel production.

Fossil fuel-free jet propulsion with air plasmas

May 5, 2020: Humans depend on fossil fuels as their primary energy source, especially in transportation. However, fossil fuels are both unsustainable and unsafe, serving as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers have demonstrated a prototype device that uses microwave air plasmas for jet propulsion, generating the high-temperature, high-pressure plasma in situ using only injected air and electricity.

Single-crystal electrodes can speed up design of new battery systems

May 4, 2020: Scientists have created and tested a single-crystal electrode that promises to yield pivotal discoveries for advanced batteries under development worldwide.

Water-splitting module a source of perpetual energy

May 4, 2020: Researchers have integrated high-efficiency solar cells and electrode catalysts into an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel.

User research at BESSY II: How new materials increase the efficiency of direct ethanol fuel cells

May 4, 2020: Researchers have investigated a novel composite membrane for ethanol fuel cells. It consists of the polymer Nafion, in which nanoparticles of a titanium compound are embedded by the rarely explored melt extrusion process.

Redox Flow Cell for Renewable Hydrogen

May 3, 2020: The COVID-19 lockdown offers plenty of chances for us to think about ways to advance the use of green hydrogen in the marketplace. One such solution comes from Nel Hydrogen and PNNL. The teams at Nel Hydrogen and also experts led by Wei Wang, the chief scientist for energy storage research at the Pacific Northwest ……

Groundbreaking new rocket-propulsion system

Apr 30, 2020: Researchers have developed an advanced new rocket-propulsion system once thought to be impossible. The system, known as a rotating detonation rocket engine, will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly.