Researchers at the Netherland’s KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. With the invention of a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose of wood sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a […]

Luwei Chen, Armando Borgna and colleagues at the A*STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences have developed a long-lived catalyst in a new first step in viable ethanol fueled small-scale on-board hydrogen generators. Hydrogen is a renewable resource with the potential to power everything from households to cars, but its use is currently limited by […]

An international team of bioengineers has boosted the ability of bacteria to produce isopentenol, a compound with desirable gasoline properties. Isopentenol is a five-carbon alcohol that is a highly promising candidate for biogasoline, but, like other short-chained alcohols, is toxic to E.coli at commercial levels of fuel production. The finding, published in mBio®, the online […]

James Tour’s lab at Rice University has turned molybdenum disulfide’s two-dimensional form into a nanoporous film that can catalyze the production of hydrogen. The Rice University scientists also report the molybdenum disulfide film can be used for electrical energy storage in a capacitor. The versatile molybdenum disulfide compound classified as a dichalcogenide is inert along […]

Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia say they have found an economical solution to cleaning out the biggest pollutant from hydraulic fracturing oil and gas wells. The pollutant is salt in the water used to fracture the rock, that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from deep below the surface. The boom in […]

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