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Spinach: good for popeye and the planet

Chemistry experiments show potential to power fuel cells

07-Oct-2020

"Eat your spinach," is a common refrain from many people's childhoods. Spinach, the hearty, green vegetable chock full of nutrients, doesn't just provide energy in humans. It also has potential to help power fuel cells, according to a new paper by researchers in AU's Department of Chemistry. ...

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Effective pathway to convert CO2 into ethylene discovered

Promising way to to transform ethylene production into a greener industry

24-Sep-2020

A research team from Caltech and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has demonstrated a promising way to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into ethylene -- an important chemical used to produce plastics, solvents, cosmetics and other important products globally. The scientists developed ...

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Shape matters for light-activated nanocatalysts

Pointed tips on aluminum 'octopods' increase catalytic reactivity

23-Sep-2020

Points matter when designing nanoparticles that drive important chemical reactions using the power of light. Researchers at Rice University's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) have long known that a nanoparticle's shape affects how it interacts with light, and their latest study shows how shape ...

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Predicting the slow death of lithium-ion batteries

In electric cars, the new technology could improve driving range estimates and prolong battery life

17-Sep-2020

Batteries fade as they age, slowly losing power and storage capacity. As in people, aging plays out differently from one battery to another, and it's next to impossible to measure or model all of the interacting mechanisms that contribute to decline. As a result, most of the systems used to ...

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LANXESS plans to expand capacity for Oxone monopersulfate - a main active ingredient for disinfectants

Significant increase in demand due to African swine fever and corona pandemic

16-Sep-2020

Due to the continuous strong demand for disinfectants, specialty chemicals company LANXESS is planning to expand its production capacity for Oxone monopersulfate by around 50 percent. To this end, the company intends to invest a lower double-digit million euro sum in its production facility in ...

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Inexpensive, non-toxic nanofluid could be a game-changer for oil recovery

The nanofluid is made from commercially available sodium using household blender

15-Sep-2020

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated that an inexpensive and non-toxic nanofluid can be used to efficiently recover even heavy oil with high viscosity from reservoirs. The nanofluid, made in a common household blender using commercially available sodium, allowed for ...

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Splitting water molecules for a renewable energy future

New technique to reassemble, revivify, and reuse a catalyst

09-Sep-2020

The future economy based on renewable and sustainable energy sources might utilize battery-powered cars, large-scale solar and wind farms, and energy reserves stored in batteries and chemical fuels. Although there are examples of sustainable energy sources in use already, scientific and ...

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Decades-old mystery of lithium-ion battery storage solved

Barrier to building ultra-fast battery energy storage systems knocked down

04-Sep-2020

For years, researchers have aimed to learn more about a group of metal oxides that show promise as key materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries because of their mysterious ability to store significantly more energy than should be possible. An international research team, co-led ...

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An improved wearable, stretchable gas sensor using nanocomposites

Ultrasensitive nitrogen dioxide gas sensor may find applications in real-time environmental monitoring or the healthcare industry

01-Sep-2020

A stretchable, wearable gas sensor for environmental sensing has been developed and tested by researchers at Penn State, Northeastern University and five universities in China. The sensor combines a newly developed laser-induced graphene foam material with a unique form of molybdenum disulfide ...

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Researchers dramatically downsize technology for fingerprinting drugs and other chemicals

Tiny photonic chip could fit comfortably within the tip of a finger

01-Sep-2020

As new infectious diseases emerge and spread, one of the best shots against novel pathogens is finding new medicines or vaccines. But before drugs can be used as potential cures, they have to be painstakingly screened for composition, safety and purity, among other things. Thus, there is an ...

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