News tagged with catalyst

Building better catalysts for splitting water

(Phys.org) —The dream of a hydrogen economy—a world run on H2 gas, free from the pollution and politics of fossil fuels—may depend on developing an energy-efficient strategy for splitting water into ...

Apr 02, 2014
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The gold standard

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow ...

Dec 09, 2014
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Scientists discover gold's hidden value

(Phys.org) —Scientists from Cardiff are discovering new and unexpected uses for gold – a noble metal traditionally regarded as being chemically uninteresting due to its poor ability to react with other ...

Jun 20, 2014
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New nanomaterials will boost renewable energy

Global energy consumption is accelerating at an alarming rate. There are three main causes: rapid economic expansion, population growth, and increased reliance on energy-based appliances across the world.

Mar 09, 2015
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Coal gasification demonstrated

DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a molten catalytic process for converting coal into a synthesis gas consisting of roughly 20% methane and 80% hydrogen using alkali hydroxides ...

Oct 23, 2012
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