Northern Illinois University researchers are reporting on a potential breakthrough in the development of hybrid perovskite solar cells. The scientists developed a technique to sequester the lead used to make perovskite solar cells and minimize potential toxic leakage. Working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, the […]

University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s engineering team has adapted technology from fuel cells to do the reverse: harness electricity to make valuable chemicals from waste carbon (CO2). Usual fuel cells turn chemicals into electricity, now the technology has been reversed. Professor Ted Sargent, one of the senior authors of the paper […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Massachusetts Amherst electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an ‘Air-gen.’ or air-powered generator. The generator uses electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present […]

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute chemical engineers have demonstrated how to convert CO2 to methanol more efficient by using a highly effective separation membrane they produced. Carbon dioxide, on one hand, is a greenhouse gas that is the unwanted byproduct of many industrial processes. In the other, methanol is a versatile and efficient chemical used as fuel […]

A Technical University of Munich research team has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production. The team led by chemist Volker Sieber has came upon a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based materials. Polyamides are important plastics. They can be found in ski bindings […]

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