University of Delaware researchers have found a way to improve the ability of catalysts made from metal-metal oxides to convert non-edible plants, such as wood, grass and corn stover into renewable fuels, chemicals and plastics. Metal oxide catalysts are central to reactions for upgrading petrochemicals, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biomass. Catalysts are workhorses that help […]

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign scientists achieved a novel biocatalytic reaction by repurposing natural enzymes with light, which could lead to valuable new chemical compounds. Engineering enzymes to perform reactions not found in nature can address longstanding challenges in the world of synthetic chemistry, such as upgrading plant-based oils into useful biochemicals. A team of […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists hope to optimize fixing carbon with an enzyme from soil microbes for producing fuels, antibiotics and other products from CO2. When it comes to fixing carbon, plants have nothing on soil bacteria that can do it 20 times faster. The secret is an enzyme that ‘juggles’ reaction ingredients. The […]

From MIT comes a new catalyst for the oxygen side of splitting water to make free hydrogen. The material could replace rare metals and lead to more economical production of carbon-neutral fuels. The researchers have developed a new type of catalyst material, called a metal hydroxide-organic framework (MHOF), which is made of inexpensive and abundant […]

A Ruhr-University Bochum team has developed an efficient method for identifying promising candidates in the myriad of possible materials. Efficient electrocatalysts, which are needed for the production of green hydrogen, for example, are hidden in materials composed of five or more elements. To this end, the researchers combined experiments and simulation. High entropy alloys (HEAs) […]

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