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Catalytic protocells get zingy

10-Jan-2020

Artificial cells capable of oxygen gas production and chemical signalling have been prepared using a combination of synthetic and biological catalysts through an international collaboration between the University of Bristol and the University of Padua in Italy. From the synthesis of drugs to the ...

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New way to sustainably make chemicals by copying nature's tricks

08-Jan-2020

Researchers have copied the way organisms produce toxic chemicals without harming themselves, paving the way for greener chemical and fuel production. The new technique, pioneered by Imperial College London scientists, could reduce the need to use fossil fuels to create chemicals, plastics, ...

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Fine-tuning thermoelectric materials for cheaper renewable energy

19-Dec-2019

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed new thermoelectric materials, which could provide a low-cost option for converting heat energy into electricity. Materials known as halide perovskites have been proposed as affordable alternatives to existing thermoelectric ...

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Brenntag strengthens position in the UK by acquiring specialty and industrial chemical company Tan International

18-Dec-2019

Brenntag has acquired Tan International Limited headquartered in Perth, Scotland. The company is a distributor and blender of specialty and industrial chemicals and ingredients with a broad product and service portfolio for a variety of industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, ...

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Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemicals

28-Nov-2019

A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals. A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat straw from ...

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Old newspapers can be used to grow carbon nanotubes

27-Nov-2019

A research collaboration between Rice University and the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University has found that old newspapers can be used as a low cost, eco-friendly material on which to grow single walled carbon nanotubes on a large scale. Carbon nanotubes are tiny ...

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Clean air research converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical

26-Nov-2019

A toxic pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels can be captured from the exhaust gas stream and converted into useful industrial chemicals using only water and air thanks to a new advanced material developed by an international team of scientists. New research led by The University of ...

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'Messy' production of perovskite material increases solar cell efficiency

13-Nov-2019

Scientists at the University of Cambridge studying perovskite materials for next generation solar cells and flexible LEDs have discovered that they can be more efficient when their chemical compositions are less ordered, vastly simplifying production processes and lowering cost. The surprising ...

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Cage molecules act as molecular sieves for hydrogen isotope separation

05-Nov-2019

A new hybrid material developed by scientists at the University of Liverpool may bring the dream of carbon-free nuclear fusion power a step closer. The separation of hydrogen's three isotopes (hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium) is of key importance for fusion power technology, but current ...

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'Artificial leaf' successfully produces clean gas

23-Oct-2019

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol. The carbon-neutral device sets a new ...

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