Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have combined biology and 3-D printing to create the first reactor that can continuously produce methanol from methane at room temperature and pressure. The team removed enzymes from methanotrophs, bacteria that eat methane, and mixed them with polymers that they printed or molded into innovative reactors. The team’s research […]






Researchers have developed aluminum-cerium alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products.  Aluminum-cerium alloys also promise to boost domestic rare earth mining by increasing the demand and, eventually, the value of cerium.  The large team involves research scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) […]






Tokyo Institute of Technology materials scientist Dr.Hideo Hosono has added over 1000 materials with about 100 superconductors to a new research database. Hosono is one of Science magazine’s 2008 runners-up breakthroughs of the year for his previous work. Since then Hosono has built a research team composed of over 40 researchers, who undertook a four-year […]






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 […]






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