Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel. Many systems have successfully reduced carbon dioxide to chemical and fuel precursors, such […]

Lancaster University physicists are developing methods of creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology. Fundamental problems remain before this can be adopted commercially due to inefficiency, but a new study demonstrates that the novel use of nanostructures could increase the maximum photovoltage generated in a photoelectrochemical cell, increasing the productivity of splitting water molecules. […]

Sweden’s University of BorĂ¥s researchers are finding values and ways to obtain them from the problematic plant residue lignin. Lignin, a substance considered as a waste product in biomass and ethanol production, would then reach its proper value as bio-oil in new products. Lignin is a natural substance in biomass, but it is unwanted in […]

Cardiff University scientists have catalyzed methanol from methane using oxygen from the air. Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures. But researchers have discovered they can produce methanol from methane through simple catalytic action that allows methanol production at low temperatures using oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. The findings have major […]

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