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New enzyme discovery is another leap towards beating plastic waste

It is hoped this work will help tackle the challenge of plastic pollution and convert waste plastic into valuable products


Scientists who helped to pioneer the use of enzymes to eat plastic have taken an important next step in developing nature-based solutions to the global plastics crisis. They have characterised an enzyme that has the remarkable capacity to help break down terephthalate (TPA), one of the chemical ...


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Breaking the black box of catalytic reactions

Research offers new understanding of complex catalysis, advances catalyst design


Many of the catalytic reactions that drive our modern world happen in an atomic black box. Scientists know all the components that go into a reaction, but not how they interact at an atomic level. Understanding the reaction pathways and kinetics of catalytic reactions at the atomic scale is ...


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Upcycling plastic waste into more valuable materials could make recycling pay for itself

New and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature


A new and simple method for upcycling plastic waste at room temperature has been developed by a team of researchers at the Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. The researchers hope the new process will help recycling become more economically ...


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Self-healing materials for robotics made from ‘jelly’ and salt

materials can detect when they are damaged, take the necessary steps to temporarily heal themselves and then resume work


Researchers have developed self-healing, biodegradable, 3D-printed materials that could be used in the development of realistic artificial hands and other soft robotics applications. The low-cost jelly-like materials, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, can sense strain, ...


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Compounds made from ‘digested’ molecules feeds appetite for greener pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals

New method uses enzymes to produce indolic amides, carboxylic acids and auxins – vital for use in pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries


A method of producing vital chemical building blocks for use in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries that mimics how plants manufacture them has been developed by University of Warwick scientists. Using enzymes in the same way that plants do, the scientists have created bacteria that ...


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World's first confocal light microscope to study chiral molecules

This discovery is a major breakthrough that will allow researchers to analyse previously unexplored parts of biology and chemistry


Scientists from Durham University’s Chemistry Department have developed the world’s first laser scanning confocal microscope that can harness Circularly Polarised Light (CPL) to differentiate left and right-handed molecules, also known as chiral molecules. The microscope, known as CPL Laser ...


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Birmingham spinout begins commercialisation for a technology that will make manufacturing more sustainable

Technology allows to monitor what is going on inside production pipes in real-time, without having to halt production


University of Birmingham spinout Rheality has partnered with Clean Engineering to commercialise a ‘smart’ AI-based system that will significantly optimise fluid production by reducing power consumption and raw material wastage while maximising throughput and product quality in the Food, Oil & ...


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Joint venture aims to scale up manufacturing capacity of battery grade Lithium chemicals in Europe

Leverton Lithium and HELM AG join forces


Major chemicals organisation HELM and Lithium chemicals producer Leverton announce the formation of a joint venture called LevertonHELM to scale up manufacturing capacity of battery grade Lithium chemicals in Europe. UK company Leverton is an established producer of high-quality Lithium chemicals ...


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Gold solution to catalysis grand challenge

Researchers demonstrate the suitability of gold as a catalyst to produce methanol and acetic acid from the methane in natural gas


A simple, low-cost method of directly converting natural gas into useful chemicals and fuels, using the precious metal gold as a key ingredient, has been proposed by researchers at Cardiff University in collaboration with researchers in Lehigh University, USA and the National Centre for Magnetic ...


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Mystery of high performing novel solar cell materials revealed in stunning clarity

Combining a series of new microscopy techniques revealed why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure


Researchers from the University of Cambridge haveused a suite of correlative, multimodal microscopy methods to visualise, for the first time, why perovskite materials are seemingly so tolerant of defects in their structure. The most commonly used material for producing solar panels is ...


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