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Clay minerals call the shots with carbon


Clay minerals suspended in seawater binds sedimentary organic carbon to their mineral surfaces. But the quantity of carbon…
Scientists have first 3D view of life’s processes in liquid


A new liquid-cell technology allows scientists to see living biological materials and systems in three dimensions under an…
“Electroadhesive” stamp picks up and puts down microscopic structures


If you were to pry open your smartphone, you would see an array of electronic chips and components…
Shocking heat waves stabilize single atoms

September 27, 2019

Single atoms work great as catalysts, but they usually don’t stay single for long. Argonne scientists are part…
Study Reveals “Radical” Wrinkle in Forming Complex Carbon Molecules in Space

September 4, 2019

Unique experiments at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source shine a light on a new pathway for carbon chemistry…
Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material

May 27, 2019

A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically…
Turning Emissions into Plastics

May 15, 2019

UC Santa Barbara scientist details a revolutionary approach to storing and using carbon, and the impressive effort it…
Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth’s Deep Carbon

April 25, 2019

Two years ago a team of scientists visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath…
Plastic’s Carbon Footprint

April 18, 2019

Researchers conduct first global assessment of the lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions from plastics. From campaigns against microplastics…
Shrinking the carbon footprint of a chemical in everyday objects

April 17, 2019

The biggest source of global energy consumption is the industrial manufacturing of products such as plastics, iron, and…
Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help

February 18, 2019

Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new…
Naturally occurring “batteries” fueled organic carbon synthesis on Mars

November 5, 2018

Mars’ organic carbon may have originated from a series of electrochemical reactions between briny liquids and volcanic minerals,…
Isotope detection: Big results come from small instrument

October 17, 2018

A new kid is coming to town in the form of an ultra-sensitive, laser-based, carbon-14 spectrometer that will…
Self-healing material can build itself from carbon in the air

October 11, 2018

A material designed by MIT chemical engineers can react with carbon dioxide from the air, to grow, strengthen,…
Single Atoms Break Carbon’s Strongest Bond

October 8, 2018

Scientists discovered that single atoms of platinum can break the bond between carbon and fluorine, one of the…
Argonne’s new Combustion Synthesis Research Facility heats up high-throughput manufacturing of nanomaterials

September 5, 2018

Argonne National Laboratory’s Combustion Synthesis Research Facility leverages the power of science and engineering to deliver significant process…
Most wear-resistant metal alloy in the world engineered at Sandia National Laboratories

August 18, 2018

If you’re ever unlucky enough to have a car with metal tires, you might consider a set made…
Long-sought carbon structure joins graphene, fullerene family

August 18, 2018

The discovery of buckyballs surprised and delighted chemists in the 1980s, nanotubes jazzed physicists in the 1990s, and…
New carbon could signal step-change for the world’s most popular batteries

June 25, 2018

Scientists have created a new type of carbon that could make the batteries in our phones, tablet computers…
Research Charts the Way to More Reliable Carbon-based Microelectronics

June 18, 2018

Carbon nanotubes – cylindrical formations of carbon atoms with incredible strength and electrical conductivity – hold great promise…
Scientists analyze first direct images of dissolved organic carbon from the ocean

June 8, 2018

 In a first, researchers from the University of California, Irvine – as well as Switzerland’s University of Zurich,…
New nano building block takes a bow

May 28, 2018

Boron nitride nanotubes are primed to become effective building blocks for next-generation composite and polymer materials based on…
Nanodiamonds are forever

May 14, 2018

Say goodbye to the slogan “diamonds are forever.” For industries that use dry lubricant, the up-and-coming phrase is…
Microbes in underground aquifers beneath deep-sea Mid-Atlantic Ridge ‘chow down’ on carbon

April 25, 2018

All life on Earth — from blue whales to microbes — uses carbon in one form or another.…
Scientists Breed Bacteria That Make Tiny High-Energy Carbon Rings

April 12, 2018

The bacteria were created by researchers in the lab of Frances Arnold, Caltech’s Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering,…
For graphite pellets, just add elbow grease

March 28, 2018

It’s easy and economical to make shiny pellets of graphite from functionalized graphene, according to scientists at Rice…
Coral reef experiment shows: Acidification from carbon dioxide slows growth

March 16, 2018

Ocean acidification will severely impair coral reef growth before the end of the century if carbon dioxide emissions…
How to make space molecules

March 15, 2018

Complex carbon-based molecules found in meteorites have long been a conundrum for Earth-bound chemists. How could these molecules…
Carbon-on-quartz device for dopamine release

February 23, 2018

A combination of a conductive material, such as carbon, with a transparent material, such as quartz makes this…
Hints from hemoglobin lead to better carbon monoxide storage

September 12, 2017

Carbon monoxide is an insidious poison because it loves the iron in our blood; it pushes oxygen out…
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