Ruhr-University Bochum researchers have combined two concepts that make a biofuel cell as efficient as precious metal catalysts. Fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. However, the enzymes need an aqueous environment, which makes it difficult […]

Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers have homed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Its been a while since algae research has seen news worthy progress. Low oil prices have put a heavy damper on algae news. […]

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 […]

Researchers have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene. The researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) note toluene is a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million […]

Scientists working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have taken an important step towards understanding how nature makes plant food from nitrogen. For now feeding and fueling humanity uses synthesized ammonia in NH3 form by a process that requires high temperatures and pressures that consumes an estimated 1.5 percent of the world’s […]

keep looking »
css.php