Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a ‘one-pot’ method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. LBNL’s achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels by streamlining the production process. The achievement is a critical step in […]

Harvard researchers have found a way to harness the quantum behavior of fuel cells to make them even more robust and efficient. The discovery provided a new observation of a new type of phase transition in an oxide material. Solid oxide fuel cells, which rely on low- cost ceramic materials, are among the most efficient […]

Emory University chemistry scientists have demonstrated the ability to selectively functionalize the unreactive carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds of an alkane without using a directing group, while also maintaining virtually full control of site selectivity and the three-dimensional shape of the molecules produced. First, a little background. Alkanes are the simplest of organic molecules, consisting only of […]

Researchers at the University of Almería, Spain, determined LED lamps specifically designed for horticultural use were more beneficial to plant growth and had 26 percent higher energy efficiency when compared to conventional LED lamps. Conventional LED lamps are already known to offer better electrical energy efficiency. In horticultural operations, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are becoming […]

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) recently demonstrated how an informatics-based adaptive design strategy (aka machine learning), tightly coupled to experiments, can accelerate the discovery of new materials with targeted properties. The researchers have applied the adaptive-design strategy to reveal targeted properties in shape-memory alloy. The LANL team’s results have been published in Nature Communications. Turab […]

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