University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency that a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered “super yeast” could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels and bioproducts. Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been the baker’s and brewer’s yeast of choice for centuries, but […]

University of Leiden physicists have directly observed the molecules produced in the synthetic fuel chemical production process. The new technique paves the way for designing more efficient catalysts. So far petroleum oil still serves as our primary source of fuel, even though a much cleaner alternative exists in the form of synthetic fuel. Synthetic fuel […]

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with several partners, have discovered a less-expensive, more energy-efficient way to produce ‘Alane’, the shorthand version of the chemical aluminum trihydride. Alane is a hydrogen source that has been widely considered to be a technological dead-end for use in automotive vehicles. Here was the […]

University of Texas at Arlington chemists have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst. Principal researcher Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-Director of UTA’s Center […]

Researchers at Stanford and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a tough new catalyst that carries out solar-powered water molecule splitting 100 times faster. This tough new catalyst works better as time goes on and stands up to acid. Because the new catalyst requires less of the rare and costly metal iridium, it could […]

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