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 Borås 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 […]

Researchers at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte. The chemistry solution also reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion […]

University of Delaware (UD) scientists have created a new technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines because they produce power through electrochemical reactions, leaving no pollution behind and are far more efficient. Platinum is the most common catalyst in the type […]

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