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An electron highway headed for methanol

November 28, 2019

Making methanol just got a lot easier, now that chemists at Yale have opened up a new electron…
Ammonia synthesis made easy with 2D catalyst

November 26, 2019

Rice University researchers have developed an inorganic method to synthesize ammonia that is both environmentally friendly and can produce…
Clean air research converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical

November 26, 2019

A toxic pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels can be captured from the exhaust gas stream and converted…
Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemicals

November 26, 2019

A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have…
New material captures and converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical

November 23, 2019

An international team of scientists, led by the University of Manchester, has developed a metal-organic framework, or MOF,…
Observing changes in the chirality of molecules in real time

November 18, 2019

Chiral molecules – compounds that are mirror images of each other – play an important role in biological…
Chemists map an artificial molecular self-assembly pathway with complexities of life

November 15, 2019

Two pathways diverged in chemical synthesis, and one molecule took them both. Chemists at the University of Tokyo…
How to make better biofuels? Convince yeast it’s not starving

November 14, 2019

Yeast already helps make bread and beer and cranks out the biofuel ethanol, but scientists believe it can…
This Artificial Leaf Turns Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

November 8, 2019

There is no doubt that climate change is a very serious (and worsening) problem. According to a recent…
EZ Select attracts undesirables to benefit biomanufacturing

November 6, 2019

Argonne team creates a material that can be altered or ​“tuned” to work with different chemistries to manufacture…
New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

October 29, 2019

Materials could be useful for delivering drugs or imaging agents in the body; may offer alternative to some…
‘Artificial leaf’ successfully produces clean gas

October 22, 2019

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an ‘artificial leaf’…
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…
New route to carbon-neutral fuels from carbon dioxide discovered

September 17, 2019

If the idea of flying on battery-powered commercial jets makes you nervous, you can relax a little. Researchers…
Betting on Waste

September 11, 2019

Most of the materials that maintain our modern lives — fuels, pharmaceuticals and other commodity chemicals — come…
Plant Research Could Benefit Wastewater Treatment, Biofuels and Antibiotics

September 6, 2019

Chinese and Rutgers scientists have discovered how aquatic plants cope with water pollution, a major ecological question that…
Why transporters really matter for cell factories

September 4, 2019

Scientists discover the secret behind some protein transporters’ superiority. One transporter, MAE1, can export organic acids out of…

August 30, 2019

Algae-based feedstocks have shown tremendous potential in providing a safe, secure and locally available source of drop-in liquid…
Scientists might be on the edge of breakthrough in cancer treatment – they synthesized a mushroom compound

August 28, 2019

Finding cure to cancer is a major goal for the scientific community. Although we’ve seen major advancements, the…
The ribosome (center) is the core of the translational system illustrated here. The system reads DNA via RNA and turns it into proteins to make all beings live. Image credit: National Science Foundation, public domain
Scientists take big step towards producing novel polymers in living cells

June 27, 2019

A team of Yale chemists is one step closer to using the ribosome — the cell’s protein-making factory…
Artificial photosynthesis transforms carbon dioxide into liquefiable fuels

May 29, 2019

Chemists at the University of Illinois have successfully produced fuels using water, carbon dioxide and visible light through…
Electrode’s ‘hot edges’ convert CO₂ gas into fuels and chemicals

May 15, 2019

The bowl-shaped design can efficiently convert CO₂ from gas into carbon based fuels and chemicals, helping combat the…
Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

May 7, 2019

Developing renewable, plant-based alternatives for petroleum-derived chemicals is a major piece of the effort to transition away from…
Researchers create artificial mother-of-pearl using bacteria

April 30, 2019

The strongest synthetic materials are often those that intentionally mimic nature. One natural substance scientists have looked to…
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…
Grad-undergrad student duo pursues sustainable methane conversion methods

April 18, 2019

Two University of Virginia student researchers are seeking a better way to convert methane, the main component of…
Bacterial factories could manufacture high-performance proteins for space missions

April 5, 2019

Nature has evolved protein-based substances with mechanical properties that rival even the best synthetic materials. For example, pound…
An LLNL team 3D printed live yeast cells on lattices.
3D-printed live cells convert glucose to ethanol, carbon dioxide to enhance catalytic efficiency

March 6, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have 3D printed live cells that convert glucose to ethanol and carbon…
Nitrogen gets in the fast lane for chemical synthesis

February 18, 2019

Rice University scientists have given organic chemists a boost with their latest discovery of a one-step method to…
Chemists harness power of light to tackle asymmetrical molecules

February 11, 2019

Just like people, molecules can be left- or right-handed. No, molecules do not actually have hands. But scientists…
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