Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science engineers have observed how carbon dioxide is activated at the electrode-electrolyte interface. Using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy the finding shifts the catalyst design from trial-and-error paradigm to a rational approach and could lead to alternative, cheaper, and safer renewable energy storage. Scientists have long sought ways to convert […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Ruhr-University Bochum researchers have developed a new mechanism to protect enzymes from oxygen as biocatalysts in fuel cells. These enzymes, known as hydrogenases, are just as efficient as precious metal catalysts, but unstable when they come into contact with oxygen. They are therefore not yet suitable for technological applications. The new protective mechanism is […]

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München scientists have developed novel catalyst based on semiconductor nanoparticles that has been shown to facilitate all the reactions needed for water splitting ‘artificial photosynthesis’. A solar-powered water splitting system is a promising means of generating clean and short term storable fuel. Today there is a demand to develop efficient ways of obtaining and […]

Hokkaido University scientists have developed a photoelectrode that can harvest 85% of visible light. It is built in a 30 nanometers-thin semiconductor layer sandwiched between gold layers, converting light energy 11 times more efficiently than previous methods. The research team, led by Professor Hiroaki Misawa of the Research Institute for Electronic Science at Hokkaido University, […]

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab scientists have developed a new method for reducing instabilities in fusion plasmas without triggering a fresh problem. The tokamak is the longest lived effort in fusion research to create a virtually inexhaustible supply of power to generate electricity in what may be called a “star in a jar.” Here’s the tokamak […]

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