Using the right chemistry, it is possible to combine two different atomic arrangement (yellow and blue slabs) that provide mechanisms to slow down the motion of heat through a solid. This strategy gives the lowest thermal conductivity reported in an inorganic material. Credit: University of Liverpool A collaborative research team, […]

Alexander Kuchmizhak, a senior researcher at the Institute of Automation and Control Processes (FEB RAS), at FEFU lab. Credit: FEFU press office Titanium dioxide nanoparticles decorated by gold absorb about 96% of the solar spectrum and turn it into heat. The material can accelerate the evaporation in desalination plants up […]

This prototype device creates a warm white light without the blue hues that can cause health problems. Credit: Jakoah Brgoch To be more energy efficient, many people have replaced their incandescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. However, those currently on the market emit a lot of blue light, which […]

Illustration Credit: Cortland Johnson | PNNL Small stockpiles of biomass such as sewage, food waste, and wood chips are often overlooked in visions of future sustainable fuel and chemical production. The dismissal arises because transporting these materials to a large-scale, centralized bio-refinery would require more energy than they produce. Yet […]

A transmission electron microscope image shows the interlayer spacing of turbostratic graphene produced at Rice University by flashing carbon black from discarded rubber tires with a jolt of electricity. Credit: Tour Research Group/Rice University Rice University lab’s optimized flash process could reduce carbon emissions. This could be where the rubber […]

Scientists used both computers and microscopes to come up with a way to potentially boost the performance of devices to use the sun to split water and create hydrogen as a sustainable fuel. Credit: Illustration by Peter Allen Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering research could help make hydrogen useful, sustainable […]

Quartz vial (9 mm diameter) containing ~300 micrograms of solid 253Es. The illumination produced is a result of the intense radiation from 253Es. Credit: Haire, R. G., US Department of Energy Experiments by Berkeley Lab scientists on this highly radioactive element reveal some unexpected properties. Since element 99 — einsteinium […]

A new discovery could make biofuel production more cost efficient. Chemists, engineers create a key component of bioenergy production in lab. Scientists have figured out a cheaper, more efficient way to conduct a chemical reaction at the heart of many biological processes, which may lead to better ways to create […]

Photosensitized synthesis of protected aminoalcohols. Credit: WWU – Glorius Group New method for generating the least accessible form of vicinal aminoalcohols; study published in Nature Catalysis. Whether in beta-blockers to treat high blood pressure or in natural products, so-called vicinal aminoalcohols are high-quality organic compounds that are found in many everyday […]