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New iron catalyst could – finally! – make hydrogen fuel cells affordable

“We believe this is a significant breakthrough that will eventually help unleash the tremendous potential of hydrogen fuel cells”

11-Jul-2022

For decades, scientists have been searching for a catalyst that dramatically reduces the cost of fabricating hydrogen fuel cells. Such an advancement could lead to a green power revolution, with everything from laptops to locomotives running on a fuel whose only byproduct is water. New research ...

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Magnetic material could help monitor battery life

Researchers demonstrate the technique in a lithium-ion battery

17-Jun-2022

A new study shows how a magnetic material can be used to help monitor the amount of life left in a rechargeable battery before it needs to be recharged. Shenqiang Ren, a scientist and engineer at the University at Buffalo, led the project and explains how the system works. As lithium-ion ...

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How sugar-loving microbes could help power future cars

Genetically engineered E. coli eat glucose, then help turn it into molecules found in gasoline

24-Nov-2021

It sounds like modern-day alchemy: Transforming sugar into hydrocarbons found in gasoline. But that’s exactly what scientists have done. In a study in Nature Chemistry, researchers report harnessing the wonders of biology and chemistry to turn glucose (a type of sugar) into olefins (a type of ...

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Finally, 3D-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment

Study shows how to make stable and large aerogels that remove heavy metals, organic solvents, organic dyes

16-Apr-2021

Graphene excels at removing contaminants from water, but it's not yet a commercially viable use of the wonder material. That could be changing. In a recent study, University at Buffalo engineers report a new process of 3D printing graphene aerogels that they say overcomes two key hurdles -- ...

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Researchers report quantum-limit-approaching chemical sensing chip

Study shows improvements to chemical sensing chip that aims to quickly and accurately identify drugs and other trace chemicals

13-Jan-2021

University at Buffalo researchers are reporting an advancement of a chemical sensing chip that could lead to handheld devices that detect trace chemicals -- everything from illicit drugs to pollution -- as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol. The chip, which also may have uses in food ...

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'Artificial chemist' combines AI, robotics to conduct autonomous R&D

Fully autonomous materials development and manufacturing

09-Jun-2020

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University at Buffalo have developed a technology called "Artificial Chemist," which incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) and an automated system for performing chemical reactions to accelerate R&D and manufacturing of commercially ...

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Hard as a diamond?

Scientists predict new forms of superhard carbon

11-Sep-2019

Superhard materials can slice, drill and polish other objects. They also hold potential for creating scratch-resistant coatings that could help keep expensive equipment safe from damage. Now, science is opening the door to the development of new materials with these seductive ...

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Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem

Widely available and inexpensive, the metal could lead to a renewable energy boom

01-Nov-2018

Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells. In a study a University at Buffalo-led research team reports on catalysts made from the widely available ...

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Lego-like chemical building blocks self-assemble into catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

04-Jun-2018

What's better than platinum? In hydrogen fuel cells, the answer is cofacial cobalt porphyrins. It's a mouthful to say, and if you're not a chemist, you've probably never heard of these compounds before. But these molecules -- which are great at facilitating a chemical reaction that's needed to ...

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Newly improved glass slide turns microscopes into thermometers

04-May-2018

The humble glass microscope slide may be primed for a makeover. A study published online in the journal Nature Communications describes how an updated version of this centuries-old tool can now enable scientists to see tiny objects while also measuring their temperature. The advancement, made ...

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