An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol has worked out a way to improve energy storage devices called supercapacitors, by designing a new class of detergents chemically related to laxatives. Their paper, published today in the journal Nature Materials, explained why these detergents, called ionic liquids, are […]

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a ‘one-pot’ method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. LBNL’s achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels by streamlining the production process. The achievement is a critical step in […]

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have announced the design of a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant bottleneck in the biofuels pipeline – namely, that the powerful solvents so […]

Arizona State University researchers are exploring new energy storage technology that could give lithium ion batteries an even longer life cycle. Dan Buttry, professor and chair of ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the research led a team using silicon based ionic liquids and a new formulation. The research, just published in Nature Communications, brings […]

Ionic liquids are the current leading edge of research to get the tough to get sugars from cellulosic and lignin tissues of plants.  News has broken via a prepublication release of a paper from a team at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI).  The JBEI team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a novel […]

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