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December 8, 2019

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Research has chemists one step closer to recreating nature's most efficient machinery for generating hydrogen gas. This new development may help clear the path for the ... read more
A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could ... read more

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019: Lithium-Ion Batteries

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 is being awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino "for the development of lithium-ion ... read more

New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

A new way to convert carbon dioxide into the building block for sustainable liquid fuels was very efficient in tests and did not have the reaction that destroys the conventional ... read more
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Imaging Technique Gives Catalytic 2D Material Engineering a Better View

A scanning electrochemical cell imaging technique shows how nanoscale structural features affect the catalytic activity of MoS2 monolayers for hydrogen evolution reactions, report ... read more

Inside the Fuel Cell: Imaging Method Promises Industrial Insight

Hydrogen-containing substances are important for many industries, but scientists have struggled to obtain detailed images to understand the element's behavior. Researchers now demonstrate the ... read more

Cheaper Catalyst Can Generate Hydrogen in a Commercial Device

Researchers have shown for the first time that a cheap catalyst can split water and generate hydrogen gas for hours on end in the harsh environment of a commercial electrolyzer -- a step toward ... read more

Water + Air + Electricity = Hydrogen Peroxide

A reactor produces pure hydrogen peroxide solutions from water, air and ... read more

Nanocatalyst Makes Heavy Work of Formic Acid

Researchers have reported a nanocatalyst that is able to produce hydrogen isotope compounds D2 and HD via the heterogeneous dehydrogenation of formic acid in the presence of heavy water. Amine groups ... read more

Ethanol Fuels Large-Scale Expansion of Brazil's Farming Land

A new study has revealed that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by 5 million hectares by ... read more

Measuring Ethanol's Deadly Twin

Researchers have developed an inexpensive, handheld measuring device that can distinguish between methanol and potable alcohol. It offers a simple, quick method of detecting adulterated or ... read more

Researchers Design a Roadmap for Hydrogen Supply Network

Researchers have developed a hydrogen supply chain model that can enable the adoption of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered cars -- transforming them from a novelty into everyday transportation in just ... read more

Reactor Turns Greenhouse Gas Into Pure Liquid Fuel

An electrocatalysis reactor built at Rice University recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity. The scientists behind the invention hope it will become an ... read more

Chemists Discover Water Microdroplets Spontaneously Produce Hydrogen Peroxide

Despite its abundance, water retains a great many secrets. Among them, chemists have discovered, is that water microdroplets spontaneously produce hydrogen ... read more

New Rechargeable Aqueous Battery Challenges Lithium-Ion Dominance

A new rechargeable high voltage manganese dioxide zinc battery exceeds the 2 V barrier in aqueous zinc chemistry. With a voltage of 2.45-2.8V, the alkaline MnO2|Zn battery could break the long ... read more

Cost-Effective Fuel Cell Technology

Researchers have identified ammonia as a source for engineering fuel cells that can provide a cheap and powerful source for fueling cars, trucks and buses with a reduced carbon ... read more

Microorganisms Build the Best Fuel Efficient Hydrogen Cells

With billions of years of practice, nature has created the most energy efficient machines. One, [Ne-Fi] hydrogenase, is the oldest in microorganisms and is used for hydrogen metabolism. Using Fourier ... read more

Clearing Up the 'Dark Side' of Artificial Leaves

While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- out of the atmosphere, there is a 'dark side to artificial leaves that has gone overlooked for ... read more

3D Printed Rocket Fuel Comparison

Scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the ... read more

A Catalyst for Sustainable Methanol

Scientists have developed a new catalyst that converts CO2 and hydrogen into methanol. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and ... read more

Atomically Precise Models Improve Understanding of Fuel Cells

Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the electrode active site based on ... read more

Source of Degradation in Sodium Batteries

Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-increasing adoption of the most commonly used lithium-ion ... read more

Fossil Fuels Increasingly Offer a Poor Return on Energy Investment

Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources -- roughly 6:1, ... read more

Activity of Fuel Cell Catalysts Doubled

An interdisciplinary research team has built platinum nanoparticles for catalysis in fuel cells: The new size-optimized catalysts are twice as good as the best process commercially available ... read more

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