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Solving a mystery

A new model for understanding how certain nuclei split

07-Feb-2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have extended an existing mathematical model so that it can be used to more accurately predict the products of fission reactions. Nuclear fission is a process by which the nucleus of an atom is split, generally resulting in the formation of two smaller ...

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Green catalysts with Earth-abundant metals accelerate production of bio-based plastic

How crystalline structure can affect the performance of MnO2 catalysts

10-Jan-2019

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, which is crucial for generating new raw materials that replace the classic non-renewable ones used for making many plastics. It should be no ...

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Great strides for carbon capture using earth-abundant elements as photocatalytic system

04-Dec-2018

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have designed a CO2 reduction method based only on commonly occurring elements. Achieving a 57% overall quantum yield of CO2 reduction products, it is the highest performing system of its kind reported to date, raising prospects for cost-effective ...

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Common table salt may have been crucial for the origins of life

30-Nov-2018

One of the most fundamental unexplained questions in modern science is how life began. Scientists generally believe that simple molecules present in early planetary environments were converted to more complex ones that could have helped jumpstart life by the input of energy from the environment. ...

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Metallic nanoparticles light up another path towards eco-friendly catalysts

Platinum clusters consisting 19 atoms perform 50 times higher catalytic activity

19-Nov-2018

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology produced subnano-sized metallic particles that are very effective as catalysts for the oxidation of hydrocarbons. These catalysts can be as much as 50 times more effective than well-known Au-Pd bimetallic nanocatalysts.The oxidation of aromatic ...

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A "switch" to increase starch accumulation in algae

A brighter future for renewable energy and materials

05-Nov-2018

Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute ...

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No assembly required

Self-assembling silicone-based polymers

24-Oct-2018

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology, RIKEN and Tohoku University have developed a silicone polymer chain that can self-assemble into a 3D periodic structure. They achieved this by using their recently reported self-assembling triptycene molecules to modify the ends of the polymer ...

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How a tetrahedral substance can be more symmetrical than a spherical atom: A new type of symmetry

18-Sep-2018

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have theoretically demonstrated that special tetrahedron nanostructures composed of certain metals have a higher degree of symmetry than the geometrical symmetry of spherical atoms. Nanomaterials with unique and unprecedented electrical and magnetic ...

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Harnessing energy from algae

An enzyme that could help accelerate biofuel production

21-Aug-2018

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have honed in on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. Algae are known to store up large amounts of oils called ...

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Oxidation of sulfides with perovskite catalyst

Barium ruthenate promises easy handling and high yields

17-Jul-2018

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a ruthenium-based perovskite catalyst that shows strong activity even at low temperatures (down to 313 K). The reusable catalyst does not require additives, meaning that it can prevent the formation of toxic by-products. The oxidation of ...

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