Matthias Arenz has built and tested a number of catalysts and is showing he can generate the same amount of electricity in a fuel cell with just a fifth of the platinum.  If the technology can be commercialized it would be a huge financial advantage. Arenz, an associate professor at the Department of Chemistry, University […]

Scientists combined a pigment with semiconducting nanoparticles to create a system that uses light to spark a catalytic process that creates hydrogen fuel.  Argonne nanoscientist Elena Rozhkova and her colleagues combined a pigment called bacteriorhodopsin, a protein found in the membranes of ancient microorganisms that live in desert salt flats, with sunlight to generate environmentally […]

In a new record of light absorption Stanford University scientists have created the thinnest, most efficient absorber of a portion of visible light.  The Stanford scientists think the new nanosized structure, which is thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells. Stacey […]

News that Google recently bought flying wind turbine manufacturer Makani, whose planes fly between 800 and 1,950 feet, has surged a bit more energy into the airborne wind turbine research effort. The turbine could be ‘flown’ at perhaps as high as 2000 meters in the air, taking advantage of stronger winds and cutting infrastructure costs […]

John E. Carlson, professor of molecular genetics at Penn State has begun the research into genetically engineering the jatropha plant for drought resistance.  Jatropha is a high potential biofuel plant grown in marginal land areas where droughts are common.  Carlson leads an international group of scientists that has identified the first step toward engineering a […]

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