Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have combined biology and 3-D printing to create the first reactor that can continuously produce methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure. The team removed enzymes from methanotrophs, bacteria that eat methane, and mixed them with polymers that they printed or molded into innovative reactors. The team’s research […]

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals. On the other side of the world scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University report they have successfully developed perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells with the world’s highest power conversion efficiency of 25.5%. […]

Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) scientists used water doped with hydrazine in a transition metal dichalcogenides electrocatalyst. The new concept presents one of the best hydrogen water splitting electrocatalyst processes to date and also opens up a whole new direction for research in electrochemistry and semiconductor device physics. The LANL scientists are working on understanding […]

A research team in Japan discovered that nanoparticles of transition metal nitrides and carbides absorb sunlight very efficiently. Using numerical calculations and confirmed experimentally they found that nitride nanoparticles dispersed in water quickly raise water temperature. The nanoparticles may be used for heating and the distillation of water by efficiently using sunlight. The research team […]

Calcium ion battery chemistry with double the capacity of lithium ion now has a potential battery electrode solution. (Link is to a pdf download.) Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) researchers have demonstrated calcium ion batteries (CIBs) using pigment based electrodes such as Prussian Blue and its analogues. The CIBs showed excellent cyclability of discharge and […]

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