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Hydrochloric acid boosts catalyst activity

Hydrochloric acid treatment improves catalysts for removing sulfur from crude oil

27-Aug-2020

A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Johannes Lercher has developed a synthesis process which drastically increases the activity of catalysts for the desulfurization of crude oil. The new process could perhaps also be used for catalysts in fuel cells. Crude ...

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Selective conversion of reactive lithium compounds made possible

Until now, unwanted by-products have always been produced during the reactions - The catalyst opens up new applications

14-Aug-2020

Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new catalyst that can catalyse reactions to produce pharmaceuticals or chemicals used in agriculture. It creates carbon-carbon bonds between what are known as organolithium compounds without creating any unwanted by-products. The team led by ...

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Template-Free Synthesis of Mesoporous β-MnO2 Nanoparticles

Way, shape and form: Synthesis conditions define the nanostructure of manganese dioxide

06-Aug-2020

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology explore a novel and simplistic method to synthesize manganese dioxide with a specific crystalline structure called β-MnO2. Their study sheds light on how different synthesis conditions can produce manganese dioxide with distinct porous structures, ...

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Insights into the structure of an enigmatic catalyst

05-Aug-2020

In the past, the catalyst for the production of methanol had eluded all attempts to clarify its surface structure. Now researchers have learned more about its active site. Methanol is one of the most important basic chemicals used, for example, to produce plastics or building materials. To render ...

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A new synthesis method for three-dimensional nanocarbons

Connecting carbon by catalysis to create octagonal structures

04-Aug-2020

A team of scientists led by Kenichiro Itami, Professor and Director of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), has developed a new method for the synthesis of three-dimensional nanocarbons with the potential to advance materials science. Three-dimensional nanocarbons, ...

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Two for the price of one

Kyoto University simultaneously synthesizes dicarboxylic acids and hydrogen from diols

03-Aug-2020

Every year, the chemical industry makes trillions of dollars synthesizing the countless chemical compounds we use every day. From pharmaceuticals for keeping you healthy to polyester woven into your shirt, industrial processes turn simple chemicals into complex, valuable compounds. Researchers in ...

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Efficient indium oxide catalysts designed for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol

Promising way to directly convert CO2 into methanol for industrial applications

23-Jun-2020

Catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide (CO2) is a green and sustainable means of synthesizing commodity chemicals such as methanol. This conversion process is key to realizing the "methanol economy" or creating "liquid sunshine", both aspects of the circular economy. Recent studies revealed ...

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Two-Dimensional Carbon Networks

Graphdiyne as a Functional Lithium-Ion Storage Material

19-Jun-2020

Lithium-ion batteries usually contain graphitic carbons as anode materials. Scientists have investigated the carbonic nanoweb graphdiyne as a novel two-dimensional carbon network for its suitability in battery applications. Graphdiyne is as flat and thin as graphene, which is the ...

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Novel computer-assisted chemical synthesis method cuts research time and cost

A computer predicts the feasibility of synthesizing target compounds and their chemical yields

11-Jun-2020

Hokkaido University scientists have succeeded in synthesizing an α,α-difluoroglycine derivative, a type of α-amino acid, based on a reaction path predicted by quantum chemical calculations. This novel method, combining experimental chemistry and computational chemistry, could innovate the ...

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Environmentally friendly production of mandelic acid

Scientists found a method for the "green" production of the important starting material for the chemical industry

29-May-2020

Sometimes potentially useful enzymes are not easy to discover because their biocatalytic capabilities may go beyond their natural and thus known range of action. By recombining a newly discovered enzymatic capability, a research team from the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology led ...

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