A Penn State led team of international researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near natural gas drilling sites. Thomas K. Wood, holder of the biotechnology endowed chair and professor of chemical engineering at Penn State explains one motive, “Currently, we […]






UCLA chemists have developed a new technique to convert carbon-hydrogen bonds into carbon-carbon bonds using catalysts made of silicon and boron, both abundant and inexpensive elements. When scientists develop the chemical formulas for new products such as fuels and medications, they often must first create molecules that haven’t previously existed. A basic step toward creating […]






University of Wisconsin-Madison’s professor James Dumesic has developed a new process that triples the fraction of biomass converted to high-value products to nearly 80 percent. The development also triples the expected rate of return for an investment in the technology from roughly 10 percent (for one end product) to 30 percent. Technologies for converting non-edible […]






A team from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oklahoma investigated the full life cycle impact of one promising ‘second-generation biofuel’ produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and perennial grasses may provide a sustainable fuel resource. Over the years numerous studies have raised critical concerns […]






Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie scientists have fabricated a nanomaterial made from nanoparticles of a titanium oxide compound for lithium sulfur battery cathodes. The titanium oxide, Ti4O7 is characterized by an extremely large surface area, and was tested as a cathode material in lithium sulfur batteries. Presently lithium batteries are one of the best […]






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