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Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer modelsOvercoming structural uncertainty in computer models

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Chemistry News

Turning harmful gas into valuable fuels, chemicals (4/24/2014)

Turning harmful gas into valuable fuels, chemicalsA University of California, Riverside researcher is leading a team that won a nearly $500,000 grant to study a process that transforms harmful greenhouse gas emissions into valuable fuels and chemicals by using a unique catalyst. ...> Full Article


Surprising material could play role in saving energy (4/23/2014)

One strategy for addressing the world's energy crisis is to stop wasting so much energy when producing and using it, such as in coal-fired power plants or transportation. Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat. Now Northwestern University scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. This outstanding property could be exploited in solid-state thermoelectric devices, with potentially enormous energy savings. ...> Full Article


Repeated self-healing now possible in composite materials (4/23/2014)

Repeated self-healing now possible in composite materialsResearchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a 3-D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials such as fiberglass to heal autonomously, and repeatedly. ...> Full Article


Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage (4/23/2014)

Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storageEngineers at the University of California, San Diego, have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. The researchers have created for the first time compounds made from mixtures of calcium hexaboride, strontium and barium hexaboride. They also have demonstrated that the compounds could be manufactured using a simple, low-cost manufacturing method known as combustion synthesis. ...> Full Article


Biomedical applications of shape-memory polymers: How practically useful are they? (4/22/2014)

Biomedical applications of shape-memory polymers: How practically useful are they?Shape-memory polymers are an important class of materials in medicine, especially for minimally invasive deployment of devices. However, the rate of translation of the concept to approved products is extremely low. In 2014 (4) special issue of Science China Chemistry, a paper described the general usefulness as well as the limitations of the shape-memory polymers for biomedical applications. ...> Full Article


New self-healing plastics developed (4/22/2014)

Scratches in the car finish or cracks in polymer material: Self-healing materials can repair themselves by restoring their initial molecular structure after the damage. Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Evonik Industries have developed a chemical crosslinking reaction that ensures good short-term healing properties of the material under mild heating. The research results have now been published in the Advanced Materials journal. ...> Full Article


Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon (4/21/2014)

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous siliconPorous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material. ...> Full Article


Scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants (4/20/2014)

Scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plantsStanford scientists have created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops, say the scientists. ...> Full Article


Trees go high-tech: Process turns cellulose into energy storage devices (4/19/2014)

Trees go high-tech: Process turns cellulose into energy storage devicesA fundamental chemical discovery should allow tress to soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices. A method has been discovered to turn cellulose -- the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees -- into the building blocks for supercapacitors. ...> Full Article


Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face (4/19/2014)

Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-faceNew research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor. This finding may aid in the design and manufacture of more efficient and economically viable organic solar cell technology. ...> Full Article


Chemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseases (4/18/2014)

Chemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseasesChemists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have, for the first time, created enzyme-like activity using peptides that are only seven amino acids long. ...> Full Article


Researchers open path to finding rare, polarized metals (4/17/2014)

Researchers open path to finding rare, polarized metalsDrexel University researchers are turning some of the basic tenets of chemistry and physics upside down to cut a trail toward the discovery of a new set of materials. They're called 'polar metals' and, according to many of the scientific principles that govern the behavior of atoms, they probably shouldn't exist. ...> Full Article


Tiny crystals to boost solar (4/16/2014)

Tiny crystals to boost solarA new approach to studying solar panel absorber materials has been developed by researchers in France, Acta Cryst. (2014). B70, 390. The technique could accelerate the development of non-toxic and readily available alternatives to current absorbers in thin film based solar cells. ...> Full Article


Strain can alter materials' properties (4/16/2014)

New field of 'strain engineering' could open up areas of materials research with many potential applications. ...> Full Article


Europium complexes emit red light at record efficiency (4/16/2014)

Europium complexes emit red light at record efficiencyResearchers worldwide continue search for better luminescent materials for OLED manufacturing. Two new compounds with europium complexes developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw display in their class record high luminescence efficiencies in red, and their properties enable faster, low cost manufacturing of thin OLED films. ...> Full Article

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Turning harmful gas into valuable fuels, chemicalsTurning harmful gas into valuable fuels, chemicals

Surprising material could play role in saving energy

Repeated self-healing now possible in composite materialsRepeated self-healing now possible in composite materials

Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storageEngineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage

Biomedical applications of shape-memory polymers: How practically useful are they?Biomedical applications of shape-memory polymers: How practically useful are they?

New self-healing plastics developed

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous siliconSunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

Scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plantsScientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Trees go high-tech: Process turns cellulose into energy storage devicesTrees go high-tech: Process turns cellulose into energy storage devices

Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-faceOrganic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face

Chemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseasesChemists' work with small peptide chains may revolutionize study of enzymes and diseases

Researchers open path to finding rare, polarized metalsResearchers open path to finding rare, polarized metals

Tiny crystals to boost solarTiny crystals to boost solar

Strain can alter materials' properties

Europium complexes emit red light at record efficiencyEuropium complexes emit red light at record efficiency



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