Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) chemical engineers have developed a new method used to considerably improve energy-expensive petrochemical processes. The technology can make metal-organic framework membranes reduce energy use in processes such as propylene-propane separation, which accounts for 40% of energy used in the global petrochemical industry. Its a case of same amount of […]

North Carolina State University scientists have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and the hardest substance of all, diamond. Phases are distinct forms of the same material. For example graphite is one of the solid phases of carbon and diamond is another. They […]

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) researchers have made an inexpensive metal-free catalyst. The new catalyst performs as well as costly metal catalysts at speeding the oxygen reduction reaction in an acidic fuel cell, and is more durable. The study was recently published online in the journal Science Advances. The carbon based catalyst is made of […]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet.  The initial results show the recycled material maintains the properties that made rare-earth magnets useful in the first use. The potential is important because rare earth prices […]

Texas A&M University chemist Hong-Cai “Joe” Zhou in collaboration with Hae-Kwon Jeong and Perla B. Balbuena in the Department of Chemical Engineering, assemble MOF materials with profound potential for cleaner energy across the globe. The building blocks the group specializes in actually are a recently developed, increasingly versatile class of materials known as metal-organic frameworks […]

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