Brown University scientists have discovered that copper foam could provide a new way of converting excess carbon dioxide into useful industrial chemicals. The catalytic foam is foamy form of copper with vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide. The work done at Brown University’s Center for the [...]

A hybrid form of perovskite, the same type of material that has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon, has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs. This particular class of semiconductor perovskites has generated excitement in the solar cell field over the past several years, [...]

Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have discovered a new catalytic system for converting carbon dioxide to methanol. The new system offers significantly higher activity than other catalysts now in use and the new system could make it easier to get normally unreactive CO2 to participate in these reactions. Brookhaven chemist Jose Rodriguez, who led the research [...]

Physicists led by Dirk Morr, professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and experimentalists led by Seamus J.C. Davis of Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have identified the ‘quantum glue’ that underlies a promising type of superconductivity – a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity [...]

Scientists researching superconductors at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have discovered a previously unknown phase in a class of superconductors called iron arsenides. The discovery offers new information on a debate over the interactions between atoms and electrons that are responsible for their unusual superconductivity. Ray Osborn, an Argonne physicist and [...]

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