A research team from Caltech and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has demonstrated a promising way to efficiently convert carbon dioxide into ethylene — an important chemical used to produce plastics, solvents, cosmetics and other important products globally. The scientists developed nanoscale copper wires with specially shaped surfaces to […]

An artist’s rendering of a new electrocatalytic process that can convert carbon dioxide and water into ethanol. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory A research team led by scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering and Northern Illinois University has discovered a new electrocatalyst that can […]

A newly discovered metal-free carbon-based catalyst that has the potential to be much less expensive and more efficient for many industries, including manufacturing of bio- and fossil fuels, electrocatalysis, and fuel cells. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy, Ames Laboratory Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered […]

Artistic rendering of electrocatalytic process for conversion of carbon dioxide and water into ethanol. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory New electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. Catalysts speed up chemical reactions and form the backbone of many industrial processes.  For example, they are essential in transforming heavy oil into gasoline […]

Boston College researchers used three different catalysts in one system to transform, in three steps, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to methanol, a liquid fuel that serves as a promising method for hydrogen storage. The first catalyst converts carbon dioxide and hydrogen to formic acid, which is then modified by […]

An artist’s illustration of the light-activated antenna-reactor catalyst Rice University engineers designed to break carbon-fluorine bonds in fluorocarbons. The aluminum portion of the particle (white and pink) captures energy from light (green), activating islands of palladium catalysts (red). In the inset, fluoromethane molecules (top) comprised of one carbon atom (black), […]

The Matrix Assembly Cluster Source, a newly invented machine which has been used by Swansea University researchers to design a breakthrough water treatment method using a solvent-free approach. Credit: IMPACT/Swansea University Researchers from Swansea University have developed a new environmentally friendly method for removing toxic chemicals from water. A newly […]

On the surface of the newly developed catalyst (PtGa-Pb/SiO2), Pt1 sites remain exposed to facilitate catalytic reaction while Pt3 sites (and Ga3 sites) shown with triangles are blocked by Pb. (Yuki Nakaya, et al., Nature Communications, June 5, 2020). Credit: Yuki Nakaya, et al., Nature Communications, June 5, 2020 A […]

Oxygen evolution reactions are important in a variety of industrial processes. A new study provides a detailed analysis of the process at a molecular level. As illustrated here, the researchers analyzed how molecules of water (H2O, left) are catalyzed by specific locations on a surface of ruthenium dioxide (center) to […]