Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers have homed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Its been a while since algae research has seen news worthy progress. Low oil prices have put a heavy damper on algae news. […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pretreatment chemicals. Some chemicals used in pretreatment to speed up the breakdown of plants for production of biofuels like ethanol are poisonous to the yeasts that turn the plant sugars into fuel. Researchers from the University […]

The American Chemical Society is reporting, with open access, in ACS Central Science a new catalyst that is really the best of both worlds. Taking water and ripping it apart into hydrogen and oxygen could form the basis of artificial photosynthetic devices that could ultimately power homes and businesses. However, catalysts, including those used to […]

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln team has engineered bacterium producing 46 percent more hydrogen per cell than a naturally occurring form of the same species. The research team’s highest reported yield – 5.7 units of hydrogen for every unit of glucose fed to the bacterium – easily surpassed the longstanding theoretical limit of 4 units. Back […]

University of Houston researchers have reported an inexpensive hybrid catalyst capable of splitting water to produce hydrogen, suitable for large-scale commercialization. Most systems to split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen require two catalysts, one to spur a reaction to separate the hydrogen and a second to produce oxygen. The new catalyst, made […]

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