Rice University engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that makes syngas from CO2 and methane. The particle, tiny spheres of copper dotted with single atoms of ruthenium, is the key component in a green process for making syngas, or synthesis gas, a valuable chemical feedstock that’s used to make fuels, fertilizer and many other products. […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… A research team at Osaka University has investigated a new method for generating nuclear fusion power. They are showing that the relativistic effect of ultra-intense laser light improves upon current “fast ignition” methods in laser-fusion research to heat the fuel long enough to generate electrical power. These findings could provide another spark for laser […]

University of Sussex chemists have found a new use for the waste product of nuclear power. They are transforming an unused stockpile into a versatile compound which could be used to create valuable commodity chemicals as well as new energy sources. Depleted uranium (DU) is a radioactive by-product from the reaction process used to create […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Tokyo Institute of Technology scientists have developed a cheap and efficient copper-based catalyst that can be used to convert glycerol to dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Glycerol, one of the main by-products of the biodiesel industry, has been a problem of excess supply and limited use. Additionally, this same process produces hydrogen molecules from water, and those […]

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory scientists have found that sprinkling boron powder into fusion plasma could aid in harnessing the ultra-hot gas within a tokamak facility to produce heat to generate electricity without producing greenhouse gases or long-term radioactive waste. A major issue with operating the ring-shaped fusion facilities known as tokamaks is keeping the plasma […]

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