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 […]






An international research team has developed a new water splitting catalyst with a molybdenum coating. Water-splitting systems require a very efficient catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, while preventing the gases from recombining back into water. The molybdenum coated catalyst prevents this problematic back reaction and works […]






A University of Washington (UW) research team has made a new stride forward on a solution to remove beetle-killed trees from the forest and use them to make renewable transportation fuels or high-value chemicals. An important factor is they refined this technique to process larger pieces of wood than ever before, saving time and money […]






University of Southern California researchers have devised a way to produce and store hydrogen from methanol, without concurrent production of either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, by trapping it in organic derivatives of ammonia called amines. 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner the late George Olah in his last major paper, G. K. Surya Prakash, […]






Kobe University researchers have found the mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells. The team believes the discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels. It has been a very long time since we’ve seen any news on the algae front. The improvement the team shows looks like an addition to algae competitiveness. The team’s […]






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