Northwestern University researchers have discovered with a series of theoretical simulations, that surface polarization in mixed media increases attraction among rare earth elements. Despite their name, rare earth elements actually aren’t that rare. Abundant in mines around the world, rare earths are used in many high-tech products, including visual displays, batteries, super conductors, and computer […]

Researchers at Tokyo Tech have reported superconductivity in two kinds of higher titanium oxides prepared in the form of ultrathin films. With a thickness of around 120 nanometers, these materials reveal properties that are only just beginning to be explored. Many of us are familiar with titanium dioxide (TiO2), a whitener commonly used in sunscreens […]

Drexel University researchers are making a fabric-like electrode material that could help make batteries and supercapacitors safer, better and less expensive. The new material also offers more operating speed while reducing the potential for leaks or disastrous meltdowns. Their design for a new supercapacitor, which looks something like a furry sponge infused with gelatin, offers […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good […]

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) researchers have developed a highly efficient reusable catalyst for the production of primary amines. By cutting the amount of undesired by-products, the catalyst is set to revolutionize the production of bio-based fuels, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and much more. The researchers at Tokyo Tech have developed a highly selective catalyst […]

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