A new catalytic process from Purdue is able to convert the biomass waste lignin into lucrative chemical products that can be used to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets or even in fragrances or flavorings. The Purdue team of researchers has developed a process that uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions […]

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 […]

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