12/04/2019A research team from the University of Greifswald and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) has solved the molecular structure of an important enzyme (MHETase) at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II. MHETase was discovered in bacteria and, together with a second enzyme – PETase –, is able to break down the widely used plastic PET into its basic building blocks.
12/04/2019Hydrogen is a clean and renewable energy carrier that can power vehicles, with water as the only emission. Unfortunately, hydrogen gas is highly flammable when mixed with air, so very efficient and effective sensors are needed. Now, researchers from Sweden present the first hydrogen sensors ever to meet the future performance targets for use in hydrogen powered vehicles.
11/04/2019One of the most promising clean energy technologies just got even better. Researchers from the University of Delaware have developed the most powerful, durable hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell components on record.
11/04/2019Physicists at the University of Bath have developed a flexible process allowing the synthesis in a single flow of a wide range of novel nanomaterials with various morphologies, with potential applications in areas including optics and sensors.
10/04/2019This review summarizes the state-of-the-art progress on the improvement of device stability and discusses the directions for future research, providing an overview of the current status of the research on the stability of PSCs and guidelines for future research.
10/04/2019Plastic pulled from the waste stream can find new use with the Gigabot X, an open source industrial 3D printer.
09/04/2019Purdue University researchers have developed a new design method to create soft robots that may help in caregiving for elderly family members.
09/04/2019A common species of freshwater green algae is capable of removing certain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from wastewater, according to new research from the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas. ...
09/04/2019Natural rubber from rubber trees is a raw material with a limited supply. Synthetically produced rubber, on the other hand, has not yet been able to match the abrasion behavior of the natural product, rendering it unsuitable for truck tires. But now, for the first time, a new type of synthetic rubber has been developed that achieves 30 to 50 percent less abrasion than natural rubber.
08/04/2019Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource. A Stanford-led team has now developed a way to harness seawater - Earth's most abundant source - for chemical energy.