Northwestern University researchers have discovered with a series of theoretical simulations, that surface polarization in mixed media increases attraction among rare earth elements. Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren’t that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products, including visual displays, batteries, super conductors, and computer […]

University of Liverpool researchers have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing valuable chemical feedstocks. Or, its recycling some of the CO2. Its a very interesting catalytic process. In a paper […]

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibers in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities – and the best performance so far in […]

Brookhaven National Laboratory chemists have designed a new ‘single-site’ catalyst that speeds up the rate of a key step in artificial photosynthesis. It’s the first to match the efficiency of the catalytic sites that drive this reaction in nature and could greatly improve the potential for making efficient solar-to-fuel conversion devices. The chemistry is about […]

Researchers at Tokyo Tech have reported superconductivity in two kinds of higher titanium oxides prepared in the form of ultrathin films. With a thickness of around 120 nanometers, these materials reveal properties that are only just beginning to be explored. Many of us are familiar with titanium dioxide (TiO2), a whitener commonly used in sunscreens […]

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