Karin Willquist, a doctoral student in Applied Microbiology at Lund University in Sweden will soon be presenting a thesis on the subject of a newly discovered bacterium that produces twice as much hydrogen gas as the bacteria currently used. The results show how, when and why the bacterium can perform its excellent work and increase [...]

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded James C. Liao, Chancellor’s Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, $4 million over three years to develop a method for converting carbon dioxide into the liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity. Liao’s grant was [...]

Potter Drilling’s new technology differs from current air-based techniques because they use hot fluid rather than air to spall the rock. Because spallation occurs in a water-filled borehole, Potter Drilling’s technology can be used to drill to depths required for engineered geothermal system (EGS) plants 12,000 to 30,000 feet.  30K feet is major in that [...]

Platinum – the joy of a jewelry designer – the bane of a catalyst user, and in the current economy its the most expensive element on earth.  Platinum is the cost problem for fuel cells.  Developing alternatives are treasure hunts of the highest caliber. Chemists at Brown University have demonstrated that a nanoparticle with a [...]

May 20, 2010 might be a significant date someday.  The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization team’s paper was published online at Science Express. The paper describes the successful construction of the first self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell. The JCVI scientists envision the development of applications and products including biofuels, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, [...]

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