Emory University chemistry scientists have demonstrated the ability to selectively functionalize the unreactive carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bonds of an alkane without using a directing group, while also maintaining virtually full control of site selectivity and the three-dimensional shape of the molecules produced. First, a little background. Alkanes are the simplest of organic molecules, consisting only of […]






Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) recently demonstrated how an informatics-based adaptive design strategy (aka machine learning), tightly coupled to experiments, can accelerate the discovery of new materials with targeted properties. The researchers have applied the adaptive-design strategy to reveal targeted properties in shape-memory alloy. The LANL team’s results have been published in Nature Communications. Turab […]






Scientists from the University of Valencia (UV) in Spain have identified a new family of materials with promising applications in solid-state cooling. The team has published their discovery in the Nanoletters journal. The study establishes the relationship between external mechanical tension and ionic transport in ion conductors using molecular dynamics (a computer simulation method for […]






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 […]






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