Utah State University researchers have announced a light-driven process that uses photochemical energy to replace adenosine triphosphate to convert dinitrogen, the form of nitrogen found in the air, to ammonia fertilizer. All living things require nitrogen for survival, but the world depends on only two known processes to break nitrogen’s ultra-strong bonds to allow conversion […]

Scientists have created a molybdenum-based material that could be a low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water to make hydrogen fuel. Sounds familiar because molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a common dry lubricant and an additive to lubrication oils and greases. The Department of Energy scientists showed that a microwave synthesis technique helps create the new […]

Argonne National Laboratory scientists have discovered that only half the atoms in some iron-based superconductors are magnetic, providing the first conclusive demonstration of the wave-like properties of metallic magnetism. The discovery allows for a clearer understanding of the magnetism in some compounds of iron, the iron arsenides, and how it helps induce superconductivity, the resistance-free […]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers have been able to see what makes a new titanium alloy so strong – and then make it stronger. An improved titanium alloy that’s stronger than any commercial titanium alloy currently on the market gets its strength from the novel way atoms are arranged to form a special nanostructure. […]

Sandia National Lab engineers have developed a way to make a magnetic material that could lead to lighter and smaller, cheaper and better-performing high-frequency transformers. High-frequency transformers are needed for more flexible energy storage systems and widespread adoption of renewable energy. The new iron nitride transformers developed at Sandia should boost energy storage options. Sandia […]

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