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New method to convert plastic trash into clean hydrogen fuel

11-Apr-2022

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new method for plastic waste to be converted into hydrogen based on pyrolysis, a high temperature chemical process. Unlike PET plastic bottles which can be recycled easily, plastic litter containing ...

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Breakthrough application of moisture-trapping film to reduce heat stress in personal protective suits

New composite film brings down the heat index or ‘felt air temperature’ by about 40%

29-Mar-2022

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel super-hygroscopic material that enhances sweat evaporation within a personal protective suit, to create a cooling effect for better thermal comfort for users such as healthcare workers and other frontline ...

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Biesterfeld acquires GME Chemicals and expands its presence in Asia

Full acquisition in 2026

26-Oct-2021

The Biesterfeld Group, Hamburg, has established a joint venture by acquiring a majority stake in Singapore-based GME Chemicals. The closing was now completed. A complete takeover of the remaining shares will take place in five years, according to the contract. By acquiring a stake in GME ...

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Cheaper Hydrogen Production

Efficient water and urea electrolysis with bimetallic yolk-shell nanoparticles

14-Sep-2021

Electrolytic hydrogen production powered by renewable energy is seen as an environmentally friendly means to ameliorate global climate and energy problems. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, a research team has now introduced a novel and inexpensive material for electrodes that may provide for ...

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NTU Singapore scientists create ultra high performance flexible ultraviolet sensors for use in wearables

03-Aug-2021

To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet (UV) detection functions, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive. While invisible to the human ...

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Scientists converts tamarind shells into an energy source for vehicles

19-Jul-2021

Shells of tamarind, a tropical fruit consumed worldwide, are discarded during food production. As they are bulky, tamarind shells take up a considerable amount of space in landfills where they are disposed as agricultural waste. However, a team of international scientists led by Nanyang ...

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Trapping of Acetylene

Separation of Trace Acetylene from Ethylene in Ultramicroporous Metal–Organic Frameworks

31-Aug-2020

Ethylene, a key feedstock in the chemical industry, often includes traces of acetylene contaminants, which need to be removed. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers describe a robust and regenerable porous metal–organic framework that captures acetylene with extraordinary efficiency and ...

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Scientists use fruit peel to turn old batteries into new

Using orange peel to efficiently recover precious metals from battery waste

28-Aug-2020

Scientists led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a novel method of using fruit peel waste to extract and reuse precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries in order to create new batteries. The team demonstrated their concept using orange peel, ...

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Using the ‘shadow-effect’ to generate electricity

Novel shadow-effect energy generator uses the contrast in illumination between the lit and shadowed areas

25-May-2020

Shadows are often associated with darkness and uncertainty. Now, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are giving shadows a positive spin by demonstrating a way to harness this common but often overlooked optical effect to generate electricity. This novel concept opens up ...

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General descriptor sparks advancements in dye chemistry

Move away from inefficient trial-and-error developments to quantitatively design luminescent materials

19-May-2020

There is an ongoing demand in biological research to accelerate the development of fluorescent probes based on the photo-induced electron transfer (PET) mechanism. By modulating PET formations, these probes significantly change fluorescence intensities, allowing a convenient route to monitor ...

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