New iron catalyst could – finally! – make hydrogen fuel cells affordable
For decades, scientists have been searching for a catalyst that dramatically reduces the cost of fabricating hydrogen fuel cells.
Such an advancement could lead to a green power revolution, with everything from laptops to locomotives running on a fuel whose only byproduct is water.
New rese ... more
Magnetic material could help monitor battery life
A new study shows how a magnetic material can be used to help monitor the amount of life left in a rechargeable battery before it needs to be recharged.
Shenqiang Ren, a scientist and engineer at the University at Buffalo, led the project and explains how the system works.
As lithium-ion ba ... more
How sugar-loving microbes could help power future cars
It sounds like modern-day alchemy: Transforming sugar into hydrocarbons found in gasoline. But that’s exactly what scientists have done.
In a study in Nature Chemistry, researchers report harnessing the wonders of biology and chemistry to turn glucose (a type of sugar) into olefins (a type ... more