Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have determined that water is only slightly more likely to stay in one piece as it binds to the catalyst surface than it is to form the hydroxyl pairs. When a molecule of water comes in for a landing on the common catalyst titanium oxide, it sometimes breaks up and […]

University of Amsterdam (UvA) researchers have invented a new catalyst that can efficiently convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO). Using carbon dioxide as a raw material and converting it to useful chemicals or fuels is notoriously difficult because of compound’s molecular stability. This stability poses severe challenges to attempts to activate or reactivate […]

Ruhr-University Bochum researchers have analyzed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may become relevant for the biotechnological commercial production of hydrogen. So far, little is known about the way organisms form this type of hydrogenases under natural conditions. Using novel synthetic biology methods, the team […]

Brookhaven National Laboratory experiments and computational modeling studies definitively identify the ‘active site’ of a catalyst commonly used for making methanol from CO2. The results will guide the design of improved catalysts for transforming CO2 back into useful chemicals. Scientists are intensely interested in the catalysts that facilitate this type of chemical conversion. Like molecular […]

Aalto University researchers have developed a manufacturing method for electrocatalysts that only uses one percent of the amount of platinum generally used in commercial products. The new material activity is similar to that of commercial electrocatalysts. The method is based on the special characteristics of carbon nanotubes. Platinum is a very expensive metal making it […]

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