Northwestern University scientists are working to isolate atomically thin layers of molybdenum disulfide. Thinned down molybdenum disulfide has immediate and obvious applications in electronics, optoelectronics, solar cells, and catalysis. Atom thick sheets of material got researchers rolling when graphene was first produced in the lab in 2004. Literally thousands of laboratories began developing graphene products […]

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder collected fracking fluid samples in five states finding the “surfactant” chemicals were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes. The University of Colorado Boulder research is a first-of-its-kind analysis. It is also not a particular surprise to people familiar with the industry. The results will be […]

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have found that temperature controlled aggregation (donor “clumping”) in a family of new semi-conducting polymers is the key to creating highly efficient organic solar cells that can be mass produced more cheaply. Their findings also open the door to experimentation with […]

Luwei Chen, Armando Borgna and colleagues at the A*STAR Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences have developed a long-lived catalyst in a new first step in viable ethanol fueled small-scale on-board hydrogen generators. Hydrogen is a renewable resource with the potential to power everything from households to cars, but its use is currently limited by […]

An international team of bioengineers has boosted the ability of bacteria to produce isopentenol, a compound with desirable gasoline properties. Isopentenol is a five-carbon alcohol that is a highly promising candidate for biogasoline, but, like other short-chained alcohols, is toxic to E.coli at commercial levels of fuel production. The finding, published in mBio┬«, the online […]

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