Upcycling plastics into liquids that can store hydrogen energy

From Nanyang Technological University 15/09/23 Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have created a process that can upcycle most plastics into chemical ingredients useful for energy storage, using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a commercially available catalyst, all at room temperature. The new process is very energy-efficient and can be easily powered by renewable energy in […]

New redox flow battery could store grid scale green energy more cheaply

From University of Cincinnati 09/09/23 Redox-flow battery eliminates costly and inefficient membrane. Jimmy Jiang envisions a future where every house is powered by renewable energy stored in batteries. In his chemistry lab, Jiang and his students at the University of Cincinnati have created a new battery that could have profound implications for the large-scale energy […]

The dynamic duo: Integrating silicon and perovskite solar tech boosts efficiency and resilience

From  Princeton University 06/09/23 While conventional silicon-based solar cells have had an unmistakable impact on the buildout of renewable energy resources around the world, additional performance improvements have become increasingly difficult to make as the devices approach their practical efficiency limits. This constraint has prompted scientists to seek out new technologies that can be combined […]

Sponging up the sun: New roadmap for green hydrogen production from photocatalysis

From Tsinghua University Press 04/09/23 Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) could deliver a major efficiency boost to the photocatalytic production of clean hydrogen. Chemical engineers have drafted a comprehensive overview of the state of their field and a plan for where it needs to focus. Clean hydrogen production remains an energy-intensive and therefore costly proposition, inhibiting […]

New low-energy carbon capture system for industrial emissions

From American Chemical Society 01/09/23 Carbon capture is a promising method to help slow climate change. With this approach, carbon dioxide (CO­­2) is trapped before it escapes into the atmosphere, but the process requires a large amount of energy and equipment. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have designed a capture system using an electrochemical cell […]

Hydrogen fuel cells can be adapted to make drug production greener

From University of Wisconsin-Madison 22/08/23 The world needs greener ways to make chemicals. In a new study, University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers demonstrate one potential path toward this goal by adapting hydrogen fuel cell technologies. These technologies are already used to power some electric vehicles, laptops and cell phones. “The chemical industry is a massive energy […]