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Scientists serendipitously discover rare cluster compound

The molecule is unusual and has ‘great potential’ in catalysis, conduction and other applications

21-Jun-2022

Scientists at Kyoto University’s Institute for Cell-Material Sciences have discovered a novel cluster compound that could prove useful as a catalyst. Compounds, called polyoxometalates, contain a large metal-oxide cluster carry a negative charge. They are found everywhere, from anti-viral ...

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Load up the hydrogen but hold the carbon

Clean hydrogen from solar power and wood chips

19-Jan-2022

In the global race to curb climate change and reduce carbon emissions, hydrogen is considered a serious contender to replace fossil fuels. Although hydrogen 'burns' cleanly, with only water as a by-product, the current way of making hydrogen a reliable fuel alternative is energy- and ...

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A single molecule makes a big splash in the understanding of the two types of water

“Because water plays such an important role in chemistry and biology, and even in understanding our universe, we expect our findings to have a wide-ranging impact”

10-Jan-2022

It plays a fundamental role in human existence and is a major component of our universe, yet there are still things we don’t understand about water. To address the knowledge gaps, a collaborative team of Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Tohoku ...

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Simple method for converting carbon dioxide into useful compounds

With the new method, carbon dioxide is transformed into useful porous complexes at room temperature and without high pressure

08-Oct-2021

Researchers in Japan have found an energy-efficient way to convert the chief greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful chemicals. Using the method, CO2 is transformed into structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), suggesting a new and simpler route to dispose of the greenhouse ...

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'Opposite action' could improve industrial gas separation

A design concept changes how materials separate gaseous mixtures

22-Mar-2021

A more energy-efficient method improves how an industrial gas is purified by reversing the traditional process. The concept was developed and successfully tested by scientists at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) in Japan and colleagues.Acetylene is a gas ...

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Two for the price of one

Kyoto University simultaneously synthesizes dicarboxylic acids and hydrogen from diols

03-Aug-2020

Every year, the chemical industry makes trillions of dollars synthesizing the countless chemical compounds we use every day. From pharmaceuticals for keeping you healthy to polyester woven into your shirt, industrial processes turn simple chemicals into complex, valuable compounds. Researchers in ...

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A special elemental magic

Kyoto scientists announce a 'nuclear' periodic table

29-May-2020

A staple in every science classroom is the periodic table of elements, and for many it is their first introduction to the vast mysteries of the natural world. Now physicists from Kyoto University have unveiled a new table that provides a different perspective on the building blocks of the ...

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New state-of-the-MOF materials

Towards Functional Glasses and Liquids

03-Mar-2020

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous, crystalline materials that can trap compounds within their molecular cavities, giving them a wide range of applications in gas storage and separation, carbon capture, and in the catalysis of chemical reactions, to name a few. A new range of applications ...

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New material captures carbon dioxide

The captured CO2 can be converted into useful organic materials

15-Oct-2019

A new material that can selectively capture carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules and efficiently convert them into useful organic materials has been developed by researchers at Kyoto University, along with colleagues at the University of Tokyo and Jiangsu Normal University in China. They describe the ...

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Breathing new life into dye-sensitized solar cells

14-Jun-2019

Researchers at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences at Kyoto University have made a popular type of dye-sensitized solar cell more efficient by adjusting and updating their structure. Published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS), the team report a series of ...

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