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No more playing with fire: Study offers insight into 'safer' rechargeable batteries

Scientists use a new technique to reveal how dendrites form in rechargeable batteries

25-Aug-2020

Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are a common type of rechargeable batteries. Their versatile nature and numerous applications in all sorts of electronic devices--from mobile phones to cars--makes them seem too good to be true. And perhaps they are: recently, there has been an increase in the number ...

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A new tool to create chemical complexity from fatty acids

A new catalyst design enables unprecedented control over the modification of fatty acid derivatives that opens the door to creating useful substances in a green and efficient manner

25-Aug-2020

Hokkaido University WPI-ICReDD researchers developed a modular catalyst that can accurately modify fatty acid derivatives in a hitherto inaccessible position. This enables the efficient production of valuable compounds from a renewable bioresource, whereas before we had to either rely on ...

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Template-Free Synthesis of Mesoporous β-MnO2 Nanoparticles

Way, shape and form: Synthesis conditions define the nanostructure of manganese dioxide

06-Aug-2020

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology explore a novel and simplistic method to synthesize manganese dioxide with a specific crystalline structure called β-MnO2. Their study sheds light on how different synthesis conditions can produce manganese dioxide with distinct porous structures, ...

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A new synthesis method for three-dimensional nanocarbons

Connecting carbon by catalysis to create octagonal structures

04-Aug-2020

A team of scientists led by Kenichiro Itami, Professor and Director of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), has developed a new method for the synthesis of three-dimensional nanocarbons with the potential to advance materials science. Three-dimensional nanocarbons, ...

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Two for the price of one

Kyoto University simultaneously synthesizes dicarboxylic acids and hydrogen from diols

03-Aug-2020

Every year, the chemical industry makes trillions of dollars synthesizing the countless chemical compounds we use every day. From pharmaceuticals for keeping you healthy to polyester woven into your shirt, industrial processes turn simple chemicals into complex, valuable compounds. Researchers in ...

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Dancing chemicals

Innovative catalytic reaction for low-cost synthesis of aromatic esters

16-Jul-2020

Aromatic esters are chemicals that contain an aromatic ring consisting of functional groups called esters. These organic compounds are widely used as chemical feedstock in industries like food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. Thus, finding efficient reactions for their synthesis is ...

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New high proton conductors with inherently oxygen deficient layers open sustainable future

Proton-conducting materials provide a number of advantages

09-Jul-2020

Over the past few years, fuel cells have become a focal point of research in eco-friendly technology because of their superior abilities to store and produce renewable energy and clean fuel. A typical type of fuel cell gaining ground is the proton-conducting fuel cell, which is primarily made of ...

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Simple is best? Simple and universal design for fuel cell electrolyte

A step forward towards a hydrogen society

22-Jun-2020

Researchers at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have successfully established a universal synthetic design using porous organic polymers (POPs) for fuel cell electrolyte, according to an Editor's ...

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A new family of nanocars ready for the next nano Grand Prix

Dipolar nanocar based on a porphyrin backbone

18-Jun-2020

According to the British Royal Automobile and the French Automobile clubs, the first car was created in 1770 by the Frenchman Joseph Cugnot. This "Fardier" (French name for a trolley used to transport heavy loads) was a car propelled by a steam engine and powered by a boiler. This 7 m long ...

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Molecular twist makes one catalyst useful for three hydrogen applications

"In a way, we've created a molecule with a steering wheel on it"

12-Jun-2020

Scientists from Kyushu University and Kumamoto University in Japan have developed a new catalyst capable of assisting three key reactions for using hydrogen in energy and industry. Inspired by three types of enzymes in nature, this research can help elucidate unknown relationships among ...

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