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Biotech breakthrough turns waste biomass into high value chemicals

28-Nov-2019

A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals. A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat straw from ...

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Clean air research converts toxic air pollutant into industrial chemical

26-Nov-2019

A toxic pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels can be captured from the exhaust gas stream and converted into useful industrial chemicals using only water and air thanks to a new advanced material developed by an international team of scientists. New research led by The University of ...

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A Rack for Ammonia

Metal-organic framework as a robust material for the uptake and storage of ammonia at densities that come close to that of the liquefied gas

09-Oct-2018

Handling, storing, and shipping of ammonia requires costly equipment and special precautions because of its inherent corrosiveness and toxicity. Scientists in Manchester, UK, have found that a metal–organic framework, MFM-300(Al), a porous solid, not only effectively filters harmful nitrogen ...

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World's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules

22-Sep-2017

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a ...

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Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

05-Apr-2017

Graphene-oxide membranes have attracted considerable attention as promising candidates for new filtration technologies. Now the much sought-after development of making membranes capable of sieving common salts has been achieved. New research demonstrates the real-world potential of providing ...

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Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste

14-Mar-2017

Manchester scientists have revealed how arsenic molecules might be used to 'fish out' the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a breakthrough that could make the decommissioning industry even safer and more effective. Elizabeth Wildman, a PhD student in the research group led by ...

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Entering the 'Wild West' of chemistry to reveal a surprise finding

15-Feb-2017

Researchers at The University of Manchester have entered the "Wild West" of the periodic table to finally solve a decades-old scientific challenge -- and have revealed that an important but niche chemical bonding principle may be much more widely applicable than previously thought. The surprise ...

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Enhancing fuel cell performance with graphene

Exploiting the usage of 2 D crystals in methanol fuel cells

17-Jan-2017

Scientists from the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, in the University of Manchester have come up with a way to utilize 2D materials in an actual operating direct methanol fuel cell. They have shown that the addition of single layer graphene by Chemical vapour deposition, on ...

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Tieing the tightest knot ever achieved

16-Jan-2017

Scientists at The University of Manchester have produced the most tightly knotted physical structure ever known - a scientific achievement which has the potential to create a new generation of advanced materials. The University of Manchester researchers, led by Professor David Leigh in ...

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Improving nuclear waste recycling technologies

27-Dec-2016

Researchers from The University of Manchester have taken a major step forward by describing the quantitative modelling of the electronic structure of a family of uranium nitride compounds - a process that could in the future help with nuclear waste recycling technologies. "In this nuclear age, ...

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