A fully automated microchip electrophoresis analyzer could someday be deployed in the search for life on other worlds. Credit: Adapted from Analytical Chemistry 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c01628 Although Earth is uniquely situated in the solar system to support creatures that call it home, different forms of life could have once existed, […]

Injecting calcium into graphene creates a superconductor, but where does the calcium actually end up? Credit: FLEET ‘Floating’ Graphene on a Bed of Calcium Atoms Adding calcium to graphene creates an extremely-promising superconductor, but where does the calcium go? Adding calcium to a composite graphene-substrate structure creates a high transition-temperature (Tc) superconductor. […]

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 […]

Atta cephalotes (Leaf-cutter ants), Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany. Credit: Pjt56 / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 Scientists at the Universities of Bath and Sussex have developed a new system that slowly releases ant pheromones to attract pests to an insecticide bait. This means that instead of spraying the whole crop […]

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 […]

ANIMATION Researchers at Linköping University have developed a molecule that absorbs energy from sunlight and stores it in chemical bonds. A possible long-term use of the molecule is to capture solar energy efficiently and store it for later consumption. The Earth receives many times more energy from the sun than […]

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 […]

This device, developed by a team from the University of Cambridge, is a significant step toward achieving artificial photosynthesis — a process mimicking the ability of plants to convert sunlight into energy. It is based on an advanced ‘photosheet’ technology and converts sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water into oxygen and […]

By twisting when excited, some long chains of organic molecules can isolate triplet excitons at opposite ends of the molecule. Credit: NREL In the twisting and turning of long organic molecules, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers have found a promising group of materials for tomorrow’s super-efficient solar cells. In […]

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 […]