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Engineers find a way to turn water pollution into valuable chemicals

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Rice University researchers have identified a simpler way to rid water of cancer-causing pollutants and turn them into…
Catalytic protocells get zingy

January 9, 2020

Artificial cells capable of oxygen gas production and chemical signaling have been prepared using a combination of synthetic…
A new study shows that hydrogen atoms are loosely bound and highly mobile on the surface of a platinum catalyst during the water splitting reaction. Credit: Peterson Lab / Brown University
Research provides new design principle for water-splitting catalysts

December 31, 2019

Understanding why platinum is such a good catalyst for producing hydrogen from water could lead to new and…
Neutrons optimize high efficiency catalyst for greener approach to biofuel synthesis

December 17, 2019

Researchers led by the University of Manchester have designed a catalyst that converts biomass into fuel sources with…
New Function for Plant Enzyme Could Lead to Green Chemistry

December 10, 2019

Discovery may inspire development of better industrial catalysts. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory…
New study looks to biological enzymes as source of hydrogen fuel

November 28, 2019

Research from the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis has chemists one step closer to…
Rethinking the science of plastic recycling

October 24, 2019

New catalytic method could mitigate global plastic pollution. We depend on plastics in our daily life — not…
It takes two — a two-atom catalyst, that is — to make oxygen from water

October 23, 2019

The search for sustainable approaches to generating new fuels has brought scientists back to one of the most…
Machine-Learning Analysis of X-ray Data Picks Out Key Catalytic Properties

October 23, 2019

Application of novel artificial intelligence approach identifies active phase of catalyst that converts carbon dioxide to methane. Scientists…
Researchers create new catalyst that can turn carbon dioxide into fuels

October 22, 2019

Imagine grabbing carbon dioxide from car exhaust pipes and other sources and turning this main greenhouse gas into…
Platinum breakthrough for cleaner and cheaper catalysts

October 17, 2019

Scientists have developed a new way of significantly reducing the amount of platinum used in catalysts, opening up…
A new mathematical approach to understanding zeolites

October 7, 2019

Zeolites are a class of natural or manufactured minerals with a sponge-like structure, riddled with tiny pores that…
Eco-friendly electrochemical catalysts using solar cells to harvest energy from the sun

October 3, 2019

A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University develops an eco-friendly device that…
New Catalyst Outshines Platinum for Producing Hydrogen

October 1, 2019

PNNL develops a durable, inexpensive molybdenum-phosphide catalyst that efficiently converts wastewater and seawater into hydrogen. Hydrogen, the most…
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…
Missing electrons reveal the true face of a new copper-based catalyst

September 26, 2019

Some chemical bonds cling more tightly than others. Chummy carbon-hydrogen bonds, for example, are notoriously difficult to separate.…
Platinum-Graphene Atomically-thin Fuel Cell Catalysts Show Superior Stability Over Bulk Platinum

September 19, 2019

Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic…
Breakthrough in harnessing the power of biological catalysts

September 17, 2019

The power of nature could soon be used to create day-to-day materials such as paints, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals…
Selenium Anchors Could Improve Durability of Platinum Fuel Cell Catalysts

September 9, 2019

Platinum has long been used as a catalyst to enable the oxidation reduction reaction at the center of…
Getting Clear about Clean Air

August 22, 2019

PNNL researchers identified the molecular structure that breaks down an important component of smog. Nitrogen oxides, also known…
Neutrons shed light on industrial catalyst for hydrogen production

July 31, 2019

Collaborators at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and U.S. universities used neutron scattering and other…
For hydrogen fuel cells, mundane materials might be almost as good as pricey platinum

June 18, 2019

As anyone who has purchased jewelry can attest, platinum is expensive. That’s tough for consumers but also a…
Pantry ingredients can help grow carbon nanotubes

May 30, 2019

Baking soda, table salt, and detergent are surprisingly effective ingredients for cooking up carbon nanotubes, researchers at MIT…
Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit

May 30, 2019

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology…
Cleaner, cheaper ammonia

April 29, 2019

Ammonia — a colorless gas essential for things like fertilizer — can be made by a new process…
Reducing energy required to convert CO2 waste into valuable resources

April 24, 2019

Surplus industrial carbon dioxide creates an opportunity to convert waste into a valuable commodity. Excess CO2 can be…
Catalyst Renders Nerve Agents Harmless

April 23, 2019

Scientists used a multimodal approach to understand how a catalyst decomposes nerve agents in real-life environments A team…
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…
Making Every Atom Count to Reduce Auto Emissions

April 14, 2019

New approach enables lower temperature chemical reactions Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and their collaborators have made…
Culprit Nabbed in the Death of a Catalyst

March 29, 2019

Researchers discover long-sought cause of selective catalytic reduction catalyst’s failure. Several years ago, a relatively new catalyst for…
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