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 […]

Argonne National Laboratory researchers have uncovered a new avenue for overcoming the performance decline that occurs with repeated cycling in the cathodes of sodium ion batteries. This discovery could find applications in batteries for transportation and the electric grid. Battery-powered vehicles have made a significant dent in the transportation market. But that market still needs […]

Texas A&M University scientists use quantum methods to predict Lithium-metal (Li-metal) batteries great potential for packing more significant amounts of energy than the current lithium-ion batteries. For example, a Li-metal electric battery in a car could travel more miles, and a Li-metal phone battery could have longer battery life. However, the metal surface of Li-metal […]

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new tool that could lead to more efficient and cheaper technologies for capturing heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere and converting them into beneficial substances, like fuel or building materials. The scientists described their technique in a paper published this month in the journal iSCIENCE. The method predicts […]

Researchers at Stockholm University have for the first time been able to study the surface of a copper-zinc catalyst when carbon dioxide is reduced to methanol. A better knowledge of the catalytic process and the possibility of finding even more efficient materials opens the door for a green transition in the chemical industry. The researchers […]

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