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Merck Announces Investment of EUR 20 million to Expand its R&D and Manufacturing Site in Shizuoka, Japan

New investment to advance and accelerate innovations in the electronic materials space

16-Apr-2021

Merck announced an investment of EUR 20 million to expand research and development and manufacturing capabilities at its site in Shizuoka, Japan. As part of this plan, new infrastructure will be built to advance and accelerate innovations in the electronic materials space. The investment is ...

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Concrete without cement?

Simple chemistry will enhance the sustainability of concrete production

16-Apr-2021

Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, a part of The University of Tokyo, have developed a new method of producing concrete without cement. They have directly bonded sand particles via a simple reaction in alcohol with a catalyst. This may help both to slash carbon emissions and to ...

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'Opposite action' could improve industrial gas separation

A design concept changes how materials separate gaseous mixtures

22-Mar-2021

A more energy-efficient method improves how an industrial gas is purified by reversing the traditional process. The concept was developed and successfully tested by scientists at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan and colleagues.Acetylene is a gas ...

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Dethroning electrocatalysts for hydrogen production with inexpensive alternative material

Iron-based bimetallic electrocatalysts may be key for hydrogen synthesis

16-Mar-2021

Today, we can say without a shadow of doubt that an alternative to fossil fuels is needed. Fossil fuels are not only non-renewable sources of energy but also among the leading causes of global warming and air pollution. Thus, many scientists worldwide have their hopes placed on what they regard ...

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Novel hydrogen fuel purification membrane paves the way for greener future

Researchers develop a novel membrane that efficiently purifies hydrogen fuel from a mixture of gases

10-Mar-2021

Hydrogen has been hailed as the 'fuel of the future' owing to several reasons. First, compared to the conventionally used hydrocarbons, hydrogen exhibits higher energy yield. Second, the commercial use of hydrogen fuel, which yields only water as a byproduct product, would help mitigate the ...

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Built to last: New copolymer binder to extend the life of lithium ion batteries

Scientists develop a novel binder material that protects the graphite anode of Li-ion batteries from degradation even after 1700 cycles

09-Mar-2021

Anyone who has owned a smartphone for over a year is most likely aware that its built-in lithium (Li)-ion battery does not hold as much charge as when the device was new. The degradation of Li-ion batteries is a serious issue that greatly limits the useful life of portable electronic devices, ...

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Fabricating the future with a new environment friendly method of polymerization

Insights into a novel environment friendly method of polymerization involving non-metallic organocatalysts opens doors to efficient polymeric products

01-Mar-2021

Many materials in the modern world--from the plastics that dominate it to the electronic chips that drive it--are constructed of polymers. Given their ubiquity and the evolving requirements of our world, finding better and more efficient methods of making them is an ongoing research concern. In ...

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From trash to treasure: Silicon waste finds new use in Li-ion batteries

Researchers fabricate Li-ion battery electrodes with Si swarf/graphite sheet composites, achieving high performance, reduced cost, and environmental friendliness

12-Feb-2021

Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are widely used in various mobile electronics. Concerns of global warming and climate change have recently boosted the demand for LIBs in electric vehicles and solar photovoltaic output smoothing. Si has been studied as an active material with a high theoretical capacity ...

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Industrial compound gets eco-friendly reaction

Scientists have found catalysts that improve an important industrial reaction and make it more eco-friendly

12-Feb-2021

Nagoya University scientists have developed a chemical reaction that produces high yields of a compound used in a wide variety of industries, without needing high temperatures or toxic catalysts. The approach was described in the journal ACS Catalysis and offers a practical and sustainable ...

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Thanks to machine learning, the future of catalyst research is now!

New study defies conventions and proposes a technology-driven method to identify useful catalyst combinations

08-Feb-2021

To date, research in the field of combinatorial catalysts has relied on serendipitous discoveries of catalyst combinations. Now, scientists from Japan have streamlined a protocol that combines random sampling, high-throughput experimentation, and data science to identify synergistic combinations ...

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