Joy Doran-Peterson of the University of Georgia chaired a steering committee producing a report suggesting educators need to rethink how future microbiologists are trained. Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to form the basis of a vibrant economic sector.  The report is based on the deliberations of [...]

Purdue and Cornell University scientists found high levels of the greenhouse gas methane above shale gas wells at a pre-production point not thought to be an important emissions source.  The findings could have implications for the design of gas well drilling sites and evaluation of the environmental impacts from natural gas production.  Letting natural gas [...]

According to Penn State mechanical engineers porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water.  The team also sees applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for the new material. Donghai Wang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering said, The surface area of this [...]

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division have demonstrated a proof-of-concept of a novel technology developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and converting it to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. The Navy’s research team demonstrated sustained flight of a radio-controlled (RC) P-51 [...]

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory are busy developing catalysts to lower the energy demands, and thus the cost, of H2 production.  A hydrogen economy running on H2 gas, free from the pollution and politics of fossil fuels depends on developing an energy-efficient strategy for splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen. The problem is that [...]

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