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New research advances clean energy solutions

"Chemistry will play a vital role in the development of clean solutions to the world’s mounting energy dilemma"

06-Sep-2021

Meeting society’s growing energy needs has become a daunting challenge for humanity. Demands for energy are expected to nearly double by the year 2050, while the effects of climate change, caused by the burning of fossil fuels, are already wreaking havoc in the form of droughts, wildfires, floods ...

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Extracting clean fuel from sunlight

04-Sep-2019

Securing enough energy to meet human needs is one of the greatest challenges society has ever faced. Previously reliable sources--oil, gas and coal--are degrading air quality, devastating land and ocean and altering the fragile balance of the global climate, through the release of CO2 and other ...

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Key mysteries of spider silk unraveled

25-Oct-2018

Scientists at ASU are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin - weight for weight - at least five times as strong as steel. One of the fundamental mysteries of spider silk which has limited scientists' ability to produce artificial ...

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Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life and improve safety

08-Mar-2018

Lithium-metal batteries are among the most promising candidates for high-density energy storage technology in an expanding range of digital "smart" devices and electrical vehicles, but uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth, which results in poor recharging capability and safety hazards, currently ...

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Going with the DNA flow: Molecule of life finds new uses in microelectronics

28-Feb-2018

For sheer versatility, there's no molecule quite like DNA. The iconic double-helix carries the genetic blueprint for living forms ranging from single-celled organisms to human beings. Recently, researchers have found that DNA's remarkable properties of self-assembly and its ability to conduct ...

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Fueling the future

Scientists promote new method of algal hydrogen production

14-Nov-2017

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a new NSF grant awarded to Arizona State University and Kevin Redding, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and director of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis (CB&P). The goal of Redding and his ...

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Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals

03-Jul-2017

Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering around $50 dollars a barrel, it won't likely be anytime soon. Despite several major national research ...

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Novel technique helps ID elusive molecules

22-Dec-2016

Among the most important molecules in the living world are sugars or carbohydrates, which play a vital role in life processes. Sugars provide the main source of fuel for the body, protect muscles from damage and contribute to the immune response. They also act as the brain's key metabolite (in ...

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Research findings point way to designing crack-resistant metals

26-Jun-2015

Potential solutions to big problems continue to arise from research that is revealing how materials behave at the smallest scales.The results of a new study to understand the interactions of various metal alloys at the nanometer and atomic scales are likely to aid advances in methods of ...

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Artificial leaf jumps developmental hurdle

20-Feb-2014

In a recent early online edition of Nature Chemistry, ASU scientists, along with colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory, have reported advances toward perfecting a functional artificial leaf. Designing an artificial leaf that uses solar energy to convert water cheaply and efficiently into ...

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