Argonne National Laboratory researchers have identified a nickel oxide compound as an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity. The project combined crystal growth, X-ray spectroscopy and computational theory. The team successfully synthesized single crystals of a metallic trilayer nickelate compound, a feat the researchers believe to be a first. John Mitchell, an Argonne […]

Theorists at Caltech used quantum mechanics to predict what happens at atomic scales, while experimentalists at the Berkeley Lab used X-ray studies to analyze the steps in a chemical reaction returning CO2 to a fuel. The research was started when a carbon dioxide experiment didn’t match with what theorists predicted, so the researchers went back […]

University of Turku scientists in Finland have created a synthetic material based on the natural hackmanite mineral which produces broad spectrum white light in lamps. The hackmanite created by the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group is a low-cost material emitting luminescence closer to sunlight than that of the currently used lanthanides. The hackmanite developed by […]

University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientist Michelle O’Malley has discovered enzyme complexes in herbivore digestive tracts that show promise for sustainable fuels and medicines. Lignocellulose is an abundant plant product that in its natural form isn’t suitable for making fuels and other products. It needs changed into sugars. O’Malley, an assistant professor of […]

Australian University of New South Wales (UNSW) chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce hydrogen fuel. Usually splitting water requires two different catalysts, but this catalyst can drive both of the reactions required to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen. The technology is based on […]

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