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Study shows promising material can store solar energy for months or years

Materials like this could potentially be developed as thin coatings to de-ice car windows

07-Dec-2020

As we move away from fossil fuels and shift to renewable energy to tackle climate change, the need for new ways to capture and store energy becomes increasingly important. Lancaster University researchers studying a crystalline material have discovered it has properties that allow it to capture ...

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Separating gases using flexible molecular sieves

04-Dec-2020

Researchers at the University of Liverpool and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have made reported some exciting findings relating to metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a class of porous materials, which could benefit a wide range of important gas separation ...

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Breaking the rules of chemistry unlocks new reaction

Scientists have broken the rules of enzyme engineering to unlock a new method for creating chemical reactions that could unlock a wide range of new applications - from creating new drugs to food production

03-Dec-2020

In their paper published in Nature Catalysis, Professor Francesca Paradisi and Dr. Martina Contente of the University of Nottingham and the University of Bern show a new method to produce chemical molecules more efficiently through a new one step reaction in the enzyme. Professor Paradis is ...

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Hydrogen-producing living droplets paving way for alternative future energy source

A step towards photobiological green energy development under natural aerobic conditions

27-Nov-2020

Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air. The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, are published in Nature ...

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New green materials could power smart devices using ambient light

Researchers have developed environmentally friendly materials that could harvest enough energy from indoor light to power wireless smart devices

17-Nov-2020

We are increasingly using more smart devices like smartphones, smart speakers, and wearable health and wellness sensors in our homes, offices, and public buildings. However, the batteries they use can deplete quickly and contain toxic and rare environmentally damaging chemicals, so researchers ...

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Swirl power: how gentle body movement will charge your mobile phone

Scientists have found a way to generate electricity from nylon, raising hopes that the clothes on our backs will become an important source of energy

10-Nov-2020

Researchers have found a way to produce nylon fibres that are smart enough to produce electricity from simple body movement, paving the way for smart clothes that will monitor our health through miniaturised sensors and charge our devices without any external power source. This discovery - a ...

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New protein nanobioreactor designed to improve sustainable bioenergy production

Reprogramming bacterial protein organelles as a nanoreactor for hydrogen production

04-Nov-2020

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have unlocked new possibilities for the future development of sustainable, clean bioenergy. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows how bacterial protein 'cages' can be reprogrammed as nanoscale bioreactors for hydrogen production. The ...

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Wool-like material can remember and change shape

Material could be used in smart textiles, medical devices and more

09-Sep-2020

As anyone who has ever straightened their hair knows, water is the enemy. Hair painstakingly straightened by heat will bounce back into curls the minute it touches water. Why? Because hair has shape memory. Its material properties allow it to change shape in response to certain stimuli and return ...

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Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO₂ and water

Significant step toward achieving artificial photosynthesis

26-Aug-2020

Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity. The device, developed by a team from the University of Cambridge, is a significant step toward achieving ...

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BASF invests in industrial artificial intelligence company

Additional partnership to bring together expertise in mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology

20-Aug-2020

IntelliSense.io and BASF Venture Capital (BVC) announced that BVC is leading a strategic investment round in IntelliSense.io with follow-on participation from a group of U.K.-based technology angel investors including Dr. Steve Garnett and Stephen Kelly. IntelliSense.io is a provider of AI-based ...

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