University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers examined the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria that is much cheaper. They believe the new catalyst will make fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources greener and more affordable. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae, and offer […]

Stanford researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. A U.S. domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for […]

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University researchers have improved perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle. The progress ranges from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications. Perovskite is a naturally occurring mineral, but the perovskite used in today’s technology […]

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has found a new catalyst that helps extract hydrogen from water efficiently and cheaply. The team of scientists at LLNL collaborated with scientists at Rice University and San Diego State University. The team turned to electricity to produce clean hydrogen fuel by splitting water molecules, which are made of oxygen […]

Rice University scientists have developed a new single, robust catalyst that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with Earth-abundant materials that approach the efficiency of more expensive platinum. The electrolytic film produced at Rice and tested at the University of Houston is a three-layer structure of nickel, graphene and a compound of iron, manganese and […]

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