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Catalyst advance could lead to economical fuel cells

04-Sep-2018

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new way to make low-cost, single-atom catalysts for fuel cells -- an advance that could make important clean energy technology more economically viable. Hydrogen fuel cells are critical for the clean energy economy as they are more than ...

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Designing materials one atom at a time

09-Mar-2018

Washington State University scientists have been awarded $1 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop molecular machines that self-replicate, producing pounds of 100-percent pure material. You read that right. Their research is the first step towards a new paradigm in manufacturing where ...

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New method could open path to hydrogen economy

02-Feb-2018

Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water - an important key to making clean energy more viable. Using inexpensive nickel and iron, the researchers developed a very simple, five-minute method to create large amounts of a high-quality ...

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Cheaper catalytic converter meets modern engines

Less platinum needed

18-Dec-2017

As cars become more fuel efficient, less heat is wasted in the exhaust, which makes it harder to clean up the pollutants being emitted. Researchers at Washington State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of New Mexico have created a catalyst capable of reducing ...

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Huge carbon sink in soil minerals

09-Nov-2017

A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenhouse-gas emissions helping warm the Earth's climate. Marc Kramer, an assistant professor of ...

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New sensors could enable more affordable detection of pollution and diseases

23-Jun-2017

When it comes to testing for cancer, environmental pollution and food contaminants, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, non-intuitive and complicated. Now, one team reports in ACS Sensors that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with ...

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Recycling for carbon fiber composites

04-May-2017

A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. The work provides an efficient way to re-use the expensive carbon fiber and other ...

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People willing to pay more for new biofuels

09-Dec-2016

When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. "We were surprised the premium was that significant," said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of ...

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Improved water splitting advances renewable energy conversion

27-Oct-2016

Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently create hydrogen from water - an important key in making renewable energy production and storage viable. The researchers, led by professors Yuehe Lin and Scott Beckman in the School of Mechanical and Materials ...

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Reducing expensive noble metals for fuel cell reactions

24-Aug-2016

Washington State University researchers have developed a novel nanomaterial that could improve the performance and lower the costs of fuel cells by using fewer precious metals like platinum or palladium. Led by Yuehe Lin, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the ...

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