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Researchers develop sustainable catalysis process

Method enables sustainable oxidations related to enzyme reactions

20-Jan-2021

Acetals are important chemical compounds that are used, for example, in the production of certain medical agents. A new method now makes their synthesis easier and more environmentally friendly. Chemists at the University of Bonn have developed and optimized the sustainable catalytic process. ...

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Why do metal oxide surfaces behave differently?

New research method answers important questions

15-Jan-2021

Metal surfaces play a role as catalysts for many important applications - from fuel cells to the purification of car exhaust gases. However, their behaviour is decisively affected by oxygen atoms incorporated into the surface. This phenomenon has been known for a long time, but until now it has ...

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'Swiss Army knife' catalyst can make natural gas burn cleaner

Lowering the combustion temperature for methane

14-Jan-2021

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago and colleagues facilitated the development of a cutting edge "Swiss Army knife" catalyst made up of 10 different elements - each of which on its own has the ability to reduce the ...

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Increasing the Activity of Catalysts

A key to producing green hydrogen more efficiently

13-Jan-2021

A layer as thin as a single atom makes a huge difference: On the surface of an electrode, it doubles the amount of water split in an electrolysis system without increasing the energy requirements. Thus, the ultrathin layer also doubles the amount of hydrogen produced without increasing costs. ...

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New class of stable nickel complexes developed

Easy-to-handle nickel complexes for practical application in nickel catalysis

13-Jan-2021

The use of nickel as a catalyst for the formation of chemical bonds is of great importance to the chemical industry - applications range from the production of fine chemicals to the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, insecticides and pesticides. For the production of nickel complexes, industry has ...

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Producing hydrogen from water

Researchers take key step toward cleaner, more sustainable production of hydrogen

12-Jan-2021

Efficiently mass-producing hydrogen from water is closer to becoming a reality thanks to Oregon State University College of Engineering researchers and collaborators at Cornell University and the Argonne National Laboratory. The scientists used advanced experimental tools to forge a clearer ...

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Catalyst transforms plastic waste to valuable ingredients at low temperature

07-Jan-2021

For the first time, researchers have used a novel catalyst process to recycle a type of plastic found in everything from grocery bags and food packaging to toys and electronics into liquid fuels and wax. "Plastics are essential materials for our life because they bring safety and hygiene to our ...

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Catalyst Research: Molecular Probes Require Highly Precise Calculations

Scientists Use Advanced Methods with Hybrid Functionals for Analysis of Active Sites

21-Dec-2020

Catalysts are indispensable for many technologies. To further improve heterogeneous catalysts, it is required to analyze the complex processes on their surfaces, where the active sites are located. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with colleagues from Spain and ...

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Three-dimensional View of Catalysts in Action

Operando X-ray Spectroscopy Brings New Opportunities for Materials and Reaction Diagnostics

18-Dec-2020

For understanding the structure and function of catalysts in action, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with colleagues from the Swiss Light Source SLS of Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in ...

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Chemists used crab shells to improve palladium catalysts

A new type of palladium catalysts based on chitin can be reused over 10 times

17-Dec-2020

Chemists from RUDN University synthesized soluble biopolymers based on chitin from crab shells. Together with palladium, they form effective catalysts for organic reactions, and their nanoparticles can be re-used over ten times. Palladium-based catalysts are used to speed up cross-coupling ...

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