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Researchers show that chiral oxide catalysts align electron spin

Researchers from Münster and Pittsburgh look for causes of spin polarisation in these materials

23-Sep-2022

Controlling the spin of electrons opens up future scenarios for applications in spin-based electronics (spintronics), for example in data processing. It also presents new opportunities for controlling the selectivity and efficiency of chemical reactions. Researchers recently presented first ...

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Sparking sustainable new chemical catalysts

Chemical engineers show how tungsten oxide can be used as a catalyst in sustainable chemical conversions

20-May-2022

Engineers rely on catalysts for a vast array of applications from food manufacturing to chemical production, so finding efficient, environmentally friendly catalysts is an important avenue of research. New research led by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering could lead to ...

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Finding the missing piece in global oil life-cycle assessment

New research models the relationship between carbon impacts and market factors in the oil industry

18-Nov-2021

Predicting the behavior of any market is a slippery thing. Energy markets are changing especially quickly, and this is most clearly seen in the oil industry. With decreasing demand during the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of electric vehicles, the market has experienced a shock, and it probably ...

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Sustainable chemistry at the quantum level

New breakthroughs in computational quantum chemistry, hold promise for discovering catalysts that are "just right" and thousands of times faster than standard approaches

10-Aug-2020

Developing catalysts for sustainable fuel and chemical production requires a kind of Goldilocks Effect - some catalysts are too ineffective while others are too uneconomical. Catalyst testing also takes a lot of time and resources. New breakthroughs in computational quantum chemistry, however, ...

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Predicting unpredictable reactions

Research paves the way for simulating catalysts under reaction conditions

11-Jun-2020

Computational catalysis, a field that simulates and accelerates the discovery of catalysts for chemicals production, has largely been limited to simulations of idealized catalyst structures that do not necessarily represent structures under realistic reaction conditions. New research from the ...

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Let's do the twist

Researchers 'program' liquid crystalline elastomers to replicate complex twisting action simply with the use of light

09-Apr-2020

The twisting and bending capabilities of the human muscle system enable a varied and dynamic range of motion, from walking and running to reaching and grasping. Replicating something as seemingly simple as waving a hand in a robot, however, requires a complex series of motors, pumps, actuators ...

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Carbon nanotubes show a love/hate relationship with water

14-Nov-2019

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are valuable for a wide variety of applications. Made of graphene sheets rolled into tubes 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, CNTs have an exceptional strength-to-mass ratio and excellent thermal and electrical properties. These features make them ideal for a range of ...

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New Partnership Expands Research into Rechargeable Battery Systems

05-Jun-2019

Energy storage influences every part of modern life, from the cell phone in your pocket to the electric car on the highway. However, seeing the chemistry of what is happening inside a battery while it is in use is indeed tricky, but it could have remarkable opportunities for identifying new ...

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A catalytic flying carpet

Chemical engineering researchers develop self-powered microfluidic sheet that wraps, flaps and creeps

04-Jan-2019

The "magic carpet" featured in tales from "One Thousand and One Nights" to Disney's "Aladdin" captures the imagination not only because it can fly, but because it can also wave, flap, and alter its shape to serve its riders. With that inspiration, and the assistance of catalytic chemical ...

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A transparent flexible material of silk and nanotubes

Nanotube interactions with silk fibroins - key to flexible, degradable electronics

02-Nov-2018

The silk fibers produced by Bombyx mori, the domestic silkworm, has been prized for millennia as a strong yet lightweight and luxurious material. Although synthetic polymers like nylon and polyester are less costly, they do not compare to silk's natural qualities and mechanical properties. And ...

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