January 30, 2014
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Faster X-ray technology paves the way for better catalysts: Researchers observe a catalyst surface at work with atomic resolution

By using a novel X-ray technique, researchers have observed a catalyst surface at work in real time and were able to resolve its atomic structure in detail. The new technique may pave the way for the design of better catalysts and other materials on th… Continue reading

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January 13, 2014
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BLAST off! Exploring the universe of biochemical reactions

Scientists have developed EC-BLAST: software that makes it easier to develop novel enzymes. The program makes it possible to quickly compare the functions of thousands of catalysts, facilitating research into anything from drug interactions to the efficient production of biofuels. Continue reading

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December 14, 2013
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Evolution on molecular level

Researchers describe the evolution of various forms of the enzyme “dihydrofolate reductase” as it occurred from bacteria to humans. Their paper may prove useful to scientists in the design of future drugs and catalysts. Continue reading

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October 29, 2013
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Extracting energy from bacteria: Microbial electrode catalysts that turn wastewater into watts

Most of us wouldn’t consider bacteria a promising energy source of the future. That would be shortsighted according to a microbial-electrochemist who believes that the focus of his research — Continue reading

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September 18, 2013
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Photosynthesis mechanism: Tofu-like crystalline catalysts for producing clean energy

New research demystifies the reaction mechanisms of photosynthesis. The findings may lead to the development of methods for producing an unlimited source of clean energy. Continue reading

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September 13, 2013
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Simple textiles can be used with catalysts to enable complex chemical reactions

In future, it will be much easier to produce some active pharmaceutical substances and chemical compounds than was the case to date. Chemists have immobilized various catalysts on nylon in a very simple way. Catalysts mediate between the reagents in a … Continue reading

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August 31, 2013
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Solar energy: A richer harvest on the horizon

Theoretical simulations reveal that layered semiconductors with magnetic interfaces are potent catalysts for solar energy capture and conversion. Continue reading

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August 28, 2013
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Oxygen ‘sponge’ presents path to better catalysts, energy materials

Scientists have developed a new oxygen “sponge” that can easily absorb or shed oxygen atoms at low temperatures. Materials with these novel characteristics would be useful in devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters and fuel cells. Continue reading

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August 21, 2013
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Better insight into molecular interactions

How molecules in biochemical solutions do interact, is a question of great importance for understanding processes in catalysts, functional materials and even in organisms. Until now, scientists could have a look at these interactions by spectroscopy, b… Continue reading

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July 25, 2013
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Watching catalysts at work at the atomic scale

Developing materials with novel catalytic properties is one of the most important tasks in energy research. It is especially important to understand the dynamic processes involved in catalysis at the atomic scale, such as the formation and breaking of … Continue reading

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July 24, 2013
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Direct nitrogen fixation for low cost energy conversion

Researchers have announced a simple, low-cost and eco-friendly method of creating nitrogen-doped graphene nanoplatelets (NGnPs), which could be used in dye-sensitized solar cells and fuel cells The work could be a step towards replacing conventional pl… Continue reading

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July 18, 2013
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New way to study and improve catalytic reactions

Scientists have shown a way to precisely design the active elements of a certain class of catalysts, showing which parameters are most critical for improving performance. This highly controlled process could be a new paradigm for fine-tuning catalysts … Continue reading

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July 8, 2013
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Scientists solve titanic puzzle of popular photocatalyst

A breakthrough in our understanding of the properties of titania (titanium dioxide) — the basis of self-cleaning window technology — has been made by scientists, uncovering a decades old misunderstanding that has clouded our knowledge of how mixed ph… Continue reading

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June 27, 2013
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New iron catalyst promises green future for hydrogenation

A new iron nanoparticle catalyst promises to drastically improve the efficiency of hydrogenation, a key chemical process used in a wide array of industrial applications. Cleaner, safer and cheaper than traditional rare metal-based catalysts, the new, m… Continue reading

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May 29, 2013
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High-efficiency zinc-air battery developed

Scientists have developed an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability than similar batteries made with costly platinum and iridium catalysts. The results could lead to the development of a low-cost alternative to conventi… Continue reading

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April 28, 2013
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Optimizing nanoparticles for commercial applications

Nanoparticles are used in many commercial products catalysts to cosmetics. A review describes recent work on the three main nanoparticles used in photocatalytics, UV-blocking and sunscreens. Continue reading

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March 29, 2013
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Picking apart photosynthesis: New insights could lead to better catalysts for water splitting

Chemists believe they can now explain one of the remaining mysteries of photosynthesis. The finding suggests a new way of approaching the design of catalysts that drive the water-splitting reactions of artificial photosynthesis. Continue reading

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March 28, 2013
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Discovery opens door to efficiently storing and reusing renewable energy

Researchers have developed a ground-breaking way to make new affordable and efficient catalysts for converting electricity into chemical energy. Their technology opens the door to homeowners and energy companies being able to easily store and reuse sol… Continue reading

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March 19, 2013
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DNA catalysts do the work of protein enzymes

Chemists have used DNA to do a protein’s job, creating opportunities for DNA to find work in more areas of biology, chemistry and medicine than ever before. Continue reading

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March 12, 2013
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Catalysts that produce ‘green’ fuel

The energy produced by solar panels, be it heat or electricity, has to be used right away. It is hard to store and preserve and also its transportation can be rather complicated. Creating solar cells capable of producing energy in an easily storable an… Continue reading

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