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New Materials: A Toggle Switch for Catalysis

Electrochemical reactions, which will play an important role in the future of energy supply, can now be explained in detail

25-Sep-2020

Electrochemistry is playing an increasingly important role: Whether it is fuel cells, electrolysis or chemical energy storage, chemical reactions controlled by electric current are used. The decisive factor in all these applications is that the reactions are as fast and efficient as possible. An ...

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Novel approach to the storage of solar energy

Molecular approach enables light-driven photochemistry in the dark for the first time

21-Sep-2020

Using the energy from the sun as efficiently as nature does and converting it into chemical energy could drastically reduce global CO2 emissions. A research team from the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena has now come one step ...

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Green Chemistry: Sustainable p-xylene production

Green, sustainable and biodegradable polymers

18-Sep-2020

Lemonade, juice and mineral water often come in PET bottles. While these are practical and functional, their production is complex and not necessarily sustainable. The starting material for terephthalic acid, which is used to produce saturated polyesters such as PET (Polyethylene terephthalate), ...

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Inexpensive, non-toxic nanofluid could be a game-changer for oil recovery

The nanofluid is made from commercially available sodium using household blender

15-Sep-2020

Researchers from the University of Houston have demonstrated that an inexpensive and non-toxic nanofluid can be used to efficiently recover even heavy oil with high viscosity from reservoirs. The nanofluid, made in a common household blender using commercially available sodium, allowed for ...

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Tracking structural regeneration of catalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction

15-Sep-2020

Recent years have witnessed explosive development in electrochemical CO2 reduction into valuable chemicals or fuels. The CO2 electroreduction is considered as a promising route to utilize renewable electricity from intermittent energy, such as solar, winder, geothermal power, etc. Designing ...

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When crystals throw sparks

Voltage can be used for chemical reactions: New model for pyroelectric reactions developed

14-Sep-2020

Pyroelectricity is a phenomenon in physics in which heat can be converted into electricity via certain crystals or into a voltage that can be used for chemical reactions. While the first application is already used in devices such as motion detectors today, the second application, although ...

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Splitting water molecules for a renewable energy future

New technique to reassemble, revivify, and reuse a catalyst

09-Sep-2020

The future economy based on renewable and sustainable energy sources might utilize battery-powered cars, large-scale solar and wind farms, and energy reserves stored in batteries and chemical fuels. Although there are examples of sustainable energy sources in use already, scientific and ...

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Decades-old mystery of lithium-ion battery storage solved

Barrier to building ultra-fast battery energy storage systems knocked down

04-Sep-2020

For years, researchers have aimed to learn more about a group of metal oxides that show promise as key materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries because of their mysterious ability to store significantly more energy than should be possible. An international research team, co-led ...

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Manganese single-atom catalyst boosts performance of electrochemical CO2 Reduction

03-Sep-2020

Electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR) is a promising approach to convert CO2 into useful chemicals. A research team led by Prof. ZHANG Suojiang from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences prepared a manganese (Mn) single-atom catalyst (SAC) with ...

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Computers excel in chemistry class

Machine learning models can rapidly and accurately estimate key chemical parameters related to molecular reactivity

27-Aug-2020

Creating computers that can teach themselves how chemical structure dictates the fundamental properties of molecules and then using that knowledge to predict the properties of novel molecules could help to design cleaner energy and industrial systems. KAUST researchers have developed a machine ...

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