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Making fuel from thin air

Carbon dioxide captured from air converted directly to methanol fuel for the first time

04-Feb-2016

For the first time, researchers there have directly converted carbon dioxide from the air into methanol at relatively low temperatures. The work, led by G.K. Surya Prakash and George Olah of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, is part of a broader effort to stabilize the ...

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Fuel cell advance

20-Jan-2016

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles" is a popular comedy from the 1980s, but there's nothing funny about the amount of energy consumed by our nation's transportation sector. This sector -- which includes passenger cars, trucks, buses, and rail, marine, and air transport -- accounts for more than 20 ...

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New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals

15-Dec-2015

Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. The chemical industry is interested in moving away from fossil fuels to ...

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Cooperative catalysts offer unique route to alkenes

15-Dec-2015

Chemists at Princeton have developed a new chemical method to introduce valuable alkenes into simple hydrocarbon molecules, a transformation known as dehydrogenation, which is found in important processes such as the biosynthesis of essential fatty acids in the body and the commercial production ...

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The artificial materials that came in from the cold

15-Dec-2015

It has often been said that nature is history's greatest innovator and if that is true then scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are learning from the best. Berkeley Lab researchers have developed a freeze-casting technique ...

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Chemical design made easier

Rice University scientists prepare elusive organocatalysts for drug and fine chemical synthesis

26-Nov-2015

Rice University scientists using an efficient metal-free process have synthesized dozens of small-molecule catalysts, tools that promise to speed the making of novel chemicals, including drugs. The lab of synthetic chemist László Kürti made elusive chiral biaryl compounds in a single-flask ...

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Microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts

23-Nov-2015

Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies. Fuel cells rely on costly platinum catalysts to enable the reactions that ...

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New catalyst features unsurpassed selectivity

02-Nov-2015

Catalysts that power chemical reactions to produce the nylon used in clothing, cookware, machinery and electronics could get a lift with a new formulation that saves time, energy and natural resources. The catalyst developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National ...

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Catalyst combining reactivity and selectivity could speed drug development

19-Oct-2015

Chemists have long believed that inserting nitrogen into a carbon-hydrogen bond requires a trade-off between catalyst reactivity and selectivity. But a new manganese-based catalyst developed by University of Illinois chemists has given researchers both in one efficient, lower-cost ...

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Energy researchers discover new structure for bimetallic catalysts

09-Oct-2015

In the world of catalytic science and technology, the hunt is always on for catalysts that are inexpensive, highly active, and environmentally friendly. Recent efforts have focused on combining two metals, often in a structure where a core of one metal is surrounded by an atom-thick layer of a ...

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