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Reacting under intensity – a light-responsive oscillating gel


An international team of chemists has developed a soft material that shows different behaviour depending on the intensity of the light shining on it. The gel could potentially be applied in robots and other devices to enable them to respond to different illumination patterns. The unusual property ...


Water-soluble catalyst converts carbon dioxide to promising green fuel


Scientists in the United States have developed a water-soluble catalyst that can selectively reduce carbon dioxide to formate, a promising green fuel for fuel cells. Researchers describe the design of an iridium pincer catalyst that electrocatalytically reduces carbon dioxide to formate in water. ...


Beans means hydrogen


Research describes the use of the humble soy bean to produce a cheap and efficient non-precious metal catalyst for sustainable hydrogen production. A barrier to cheap hydrogen for energy is the high cost and low availability of the platinum catalyst used in the electrocatalytic production ...


Keeping fruit, vegetables and cut flowers fresh longer


New technology offers the promise of reducing billions of dollars of losses that occur each year from the silent, invisible killer of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers — a gas whose effects are familiar to everyone who has seen bananas and other fruit ripen too quickly and rot. That's the ...


Univar expands distribution deal with Unicat Catalyst Technologies


Univar Inc. announced that it has expanded its agreement with Unicat Catalyst Technologies to include the company’s new developments in SMR (Steam Methane Reforming) technology. Univar will market and distribute these across Europe and North America.The expanded agreement includes the ...


Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel cells

USC chemists develop way to safely store, extract hydrogen


A team of USC scientists has developed a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen makes a great fuel because of it can easily be converted to electricity in a fuel cell and because it is carbon free. The downside of hydrogen is that, because it is a gas, it can only ...


BASF increasing production capacity for copper and copper-chrome catalysts


BASF has announced a new round of capital investment projects to increase its production capacity and further enhance its global manufacturing operations for copper and copper-chrome catalysts. These investments are aimed at improving catalyst manufacturing efficiency to meet increased global ...


'Amplified' nanotubes may power the future


Rice University scientists have achieved a pivotal breakthrough in the development of a cable that will make an efficient electric grid of the future possible.Armchair quantum wire (AQW) will be a weave of metallic nanotubes that can carry electricity with negligible loss over long distances. It ...


Highway to Hydrogenase: A New Way to Obtain the Hydrogenase Cofactor Azadithiolate


To obtain hydrogen as an energy-rich and environmentally "clean" fuel by an inexpensive, simple method without using expensive metal catalysts preoccupies scientists around the world. Hydrogenases, enzymes employed by organisms to yield hydrogen under anaerobic conditions, are being studied ...


BASF to acquire CRI/Criterion’s global styrene catalysts business


BASF announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the styrene catalysts business of CRI/Criterion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell based in Houston, Texas. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. CRI/Criterion is a leading global manufacturer of ...


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