University of Oklahoma engineers have discovered a novel approach for the water-assisted upgrading of the renewable chemical, furfural, doubling or tripling the rate of conversion. Daniel Resasco, professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, Gallogly College of Engineering explains, “Energy and water are interconnected in the production of renewable fuels. On the […]

North Carolina State University researchers have now discovered that water is performing a different role than anyone anticipated in a material with atomically thin layers of water that holds promise for battery to pseudo capacitor energy storage technologies. The finding was possible due to a new atomic force microscopy (AFM) method that measures the sub-nanoscale […]

Experiments by researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB) found using nano-sized particles of silicon to react with water produces hydrogen almost instantaneously. In a series of experiments, the scientists created spherical silicon particles about 10 nanometers in diameter. When combined with water, these particles reacted to form silicic acid (a nontoxic byproduct) and hydrogen […]

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new lower cost electro catalyst that addresses the cost problems by generating hydrogen gas from water cleanly and with much more affordable materials. The novel form of catalytic nickel-molybdenum-nitride is described in a paper published online May 8, 2012 in the […]

Professor Jeffrey Allen of Michigan Technological University is nearing development of a mathematical model of the interior functions of a reliable hydrogen fuel cell.  The new model should slash the research and development time and effort.  The model keys on the fuel cells main problem, handling the water produced while in operation. What sends the […]

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