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A new way to create molecules for drug development

Innovative process gives more control over free radicals

15-Oct-2018

Chemists at The Ohio State University have developed a new and improved way to generate molecules that can enable the design of new types of synthetic drugs. Researchers say this new method of forming reactive intermediates called ketyl radicals offers scientists a way to use catalysts to convert ...

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Determining catalytic active sites using carbon nanotubes

A novel method to determine the cause of catalytic activity

12-Oct-2018

Catalytic research led by University of Oklahoma researcher Steven Crossley has developed a new and more definitive way to determine the active site in a complex catalyst. Catalysts consisting of metal particles supported on reducible oxides show promising performance for a variety of current and ...

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More effective catalyst with light

Plasmonic effect allows catalyst to work at lower energy

08-Oct-2018

Rice University nanoscientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more efficient. A study from Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) describes the ...

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A highly active organic photocatalyst

05-Oct-2018

Scientists from the University of Liverpool, University College London and East China University of Science and Technology have synthesized a new organic material that can convert water into hydrogen fuel using sunlight. Photocatalytic solar hydrogen production--or water splitting--offers an ...

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Towards a new design paradigm for high-performance catalysts

05-Oct-2018

Mark Greiner and Travis Jones from the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Fritz-Haber Institute, along with a team of international researchers, have recently made a discovery that could transform the way chemicals are synthesized. The chemical industry relies on ...

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The gods of small things

Heterometallic copper-aluminum super atom discovered

27-Sep-2018

On the outside, the cluster made of 55 copper and aluminum atoms looks like a crystal, but chemically it has the properties of an atom. The heterometallic superatom which chemists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have created provides the prerequisites for developing new, more ...

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Simpler and safer method for handling a useful but foul-smelling gas in chemical synthesis

25-Sep-2018

The chemical element sulfur is an important constituent in many pharmaceuticals and, consequently, it is desirable to be able to introduce sulfur-containing fragments efficiently in a broad range of chemical compounds. The Skrydstrup team provides an effective and safe way for introducing a ...

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Methane to syngas catalyst: two for the price of one

10-Sep-2018

Hokkaido University researchers have created an improved catalyst for the conversion of methane gas into syngas, a precursor for liquid fuels and fundamental chemicals. Syngas, also known as synthesis gas, is a mixture made primarily of carbon monoxide and hydrogen and is used to manufacture ...

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Catalyst advance could lead to economical fuel cells

04-Sep-2018

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new way to make low-cost, single-atom catalysts for fuel cells -- an advance that could make important clean energy technology more economically viable. Hydrogen fuel cells are critical for the clean energy economy as they are more than ...

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Catalysts combination opens doors to making useful compounds

17-Aug-2018

Researchers have developed a new method that aids in the process of making valuable compounds by using a unique combination of catalysts. Huimin Zhao, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and leader of the Biosystems Design research theme at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic ...

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