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Ancient enzymes can contribute to greener chemistry

Several billion-year-old enzymes resurrected and a completely new non-natural reaction catalysed

15-Jun-2020

A research team at Uppsala University has resurrected several billion-year-old enzymes and reprogrammed them to catalyse completely different chemical reactions than their modern versions can manage. The method can be used to develop sustainable solutions within biotechnology, such as for enzyme ...

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New NiMH batteries perform better when made from recycled old NiMH batteries

Recycling of rechargeable hydride batteries may be easier with a new method

03-Jun-2020

A new method for recycling old batteries can provide better performing and cheaper rechargeable hydride batteries (NiMH) as shown in a new study by researchers at Stockholm University. "The new method allows the upcycled material to be used directly in new battery production," says Dag Noréus, ...

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A 'butter-like' material could make solid state batteries more stable

An interlayer, made of a spreadable material helps improve the current density tenfold, while also increasing performance and safety

26-May-2020

Solid state batteries are of great interest to the electric vehicle industry. Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Xi'an Jiaotong University, China now present a new way of taking this promising concept closer to large-scale application. An interlayer, made of a ...

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Incident at Borealis in Stenungsund, Sweden

Fire occurred at steam cracker

11-May-2020

On May 9,at 20.45 CEST a local fire occurred at the steam cracker at Borealis‘ production location in Stenungsund, Sweden. The emergency plan was immediately activated by the local crisis team. The fire brigade arrived on site promptly and took steps to contain the fire. Thanks to the quick ...

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An all-organic proton battery energized for sustainable energy storage

Charged in a matter of seconds

06-Apr-2020

Sustainable energy storage is in great demand. Researchers at Uppsala University have therefore developed an all-organic proton battery that can be charged in a matter of seconds. The battery can be charged and discharged over 500 times without any significant loss of capacity. The researchers ...

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A sustainable new material for carbon dioxide capture

16-Dec-2019

In a joint research study from Sweden, scientists from Chalmers University of Technology and Stockholm University have developed a new material for capturing carbon dioxide. The new material offers many benefits - it is sustainable, has a high capture rate, and has low operating costs. Carbon ...

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Light at the end of the nanotunnel for future catalysts

14-Nov-2019

Using a new type of nanoreactor, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have succeeded in mapping catalytic reactions on individual metallic nanoparticles. Their work could help improve chemical processes, and lead to better catalysts and more environmentally friendly chemical ...

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All plastic waste could become new, high-quality plastic through advanced steam cracking

24-Oct-2019

A research group at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed an efficient process for breaking down any plastic waste to a molecular level. The resulting gases can then be transformed back into new plastics - of the same quality as the original. The new process could transform ...

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Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2019 for the development of lithium-ion batteries

09-Oct-2019

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. Goodenough (The University of Texas at Austin, USA), M. Stanley Whittingham (Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA) and Akira Yoshino (Asahi Kasei Corporation, Tokyo, Japan ...

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A new concept could make more environmentally friendly batteries possible

01-Oct-2019

A new concept for an aluminium battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and environmental impact. The idea has potential for large scale applications, including storage of solar and wind energy. ...

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