A University of California – Berkeley team has now cracked the strongest of carbon-hydrogen bonds, those on a molecule’s terminal carbon. The C-H bond – 2/3rds of all bonds in hydrocarbons – has defied chemists’ attempts to open it up and add new chemical groups. The reaction catalyst is an iridium atom to break the […]

A Kobe University research group has now developed a strategy that greatly increases the amount of hydrogen produced using hematite photocatalysts. In addition to boosting the high efficiency of what is thought to be the world’s highest performing photoanode, this strategy will be applied to artificial photosynthesis and solar water-splitting technologies via university-industry collaborations. The […]

Texas A&M University scientists have developed a new single-step strategy for recycling used nuclear fuel. A typical nuclear reactor uses only a very small fraction of its fuel rod to produce power before the energy-generating reaction naturally terminates. What is left behind is an assortment of radioactive elements, including unused fuel, that are disposed of […]

Rice University researchers have integrated high-efficiency perovskite solar cells and electrode catalysts into an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel. The platform developed by the Brown School of Engineering lab of Rice materials scientist Jun Lou integrates catalytic electrodes and perovskite solar cells that, when triggered by sunlight, produce electricity. The […]

A Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team of engineers, material scientists, and physicists have demonstrated how a new material – a lead-free chalcogenide perovskite – that hadn’t previously been considered for use in solar cells could provide a safer and more effective option than others that are commonly considered. A widespread transition to solar energy will depend […]

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