University of Toronto engineers have designed a most efficient and stable process for recycling carbon dioxide into a key chemical building block for plastics – all powered using renewable electricity. The new technology takes a substantial step towards enabling manufacturers to create plastics out of two key ingredients: sunshine and pollution. Today, non-renewable fossil fuels […]

University of Nebraska researchers are offering new guidelines that could steer the design of less costly, more efficient catalysts geared toward revving up the production of hydrogen as a renewable fuel. Based on an equation the team developed they discovered several atom-framework combinations that approximate the performance of precious-metal catalysts – platinum, gold, iridium – […]

Brown University researchers have developed a new theory to explain why stretching or compressing metal catalysts can make them perform better. The theory, described in the journal Nature Catalysis, could open new design possibilities for new catalysts with new capabilities. Catalysts are substances that speed up chemical reactions. The vast majority of industrial catalysis involves […]

Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico researchers have designed a series of nanoscopic membranes made of water saturated by an enzyme that empties coal smoke of CO2 more cheaply and efficiently than any known technology. The enzyme the team found to make the biologically inspired membrane is one naturally developed over millions of […]

National University of Singapore (NUS) scientists have developed an economical and industrially viable strategy to produce graphene. The new technique addresses the long-standing challenge of an efficient process for large-scale production of graphene, and offers production potential for sustainable synthesis of the material. The research was conducted in collaboration with Fudan University and the findings […]

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