Video: The chemistry of blue jeans, the pants that changed the world
You might have a pair of them on right now, or maybe you have to wait until casual Friday. Blue jeans are among the most popular clothing items in the entire world.
New catalyst to create chemical building blocks from biomass
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum. This discovery may lead to the use of plant ...
Scientists find strongest natural material
Limpet teeth might be the strongest natural material known to man, a new study has found.
NETL invents improved oxygen carriers
One of the keys to the successful deployment of chemical looping technologies is the development of affordable, high performance oxygen carriers. One potential solution is the naturally-occurring iron oxide, ...
Silver electrocatalysts may help enable long-term space travel
Despite continuous advances, major obstacles remain before manned missions can set off for destinations like Mars. A primary concern is how people will breathe.
New approach could enable low-cost silicon devices in fibers that could be made into fabrics
Scientists have known how to draw thin fibers from bulk materials for decades. But a new approach to that old method, developed by researchers at MIT, could lead to a whole new way of making high-quality ...
Direct observation of bond formations
A collaboration between researchers from KEK, the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), RIKEN, and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute ...
New solder for semiconductors allows good electronic performance
A research team led by the University of Chicago's Dmitri Talapin has demonstrated how semiconductors can be soldered and still deliver good electronic performance.
Scientists have taken a big step toward the rational design of catalysts
Most of our food, medicine, fuel, plastics and synthetic fibers wouldn't exist without catalysts, materials that open favorable pathways for chemical reactions to run forth. And yet chemists don't fully understand ...
Bionic leaf: Researchers use bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel
Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water around them in the process we know as photosynthesis.
Simple catalyst helps to construct complex biological scaffolds
Terpenes and their derivatives exert important biological and pharmaceutical functions. Starting out from a few basic building blocks nature elegantly builds up complex structures. Chemically particularly ...
New insights into 'switchable water' have implications for water purification and desalination
Delicate oxidation can transform greenhouse gas into useful chemicals
Cheap and abundant chemical outperforms precious metals as a catalyst
A team of Caltech chemists has discovered a method for producing a group of silicon-containing organic chemicals without relying on expensive precious metal catalysts. Instead, the new technique uses as a ...