Electrochemical strain microscopy generates new view of fuel cells
A novel microscopy method at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is helping scientists probe the reactions that limit widespread deployment of fuel cell technologies.
Inexpensive catalyst that makes hydrogen gas 10 times faster than natural enzyme
Looking to nature for their muse, researchers have used a common protein to guide the design of a material that can make energy-storing hydrogen gas. The synthetic material works 10 times faster than the original ...
Researchers discover hydrogen-powered symbiotic bacteria in deep-sea hydrothermal vent mussels
The search for new energy sources to power mankind's increasing needs is currently a topic of immense interest. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are considered one of the most promising clean energy alternatives. ...
A new catalyst for ethanol made from biomass
Researchers in the Pacific Northwest have developed a new catalyst material that could replace chemicals currently derived from petroleum and be the basis for more environmentally friendly products including ...
Stanford team devises a better solar-powered water splitter (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- The process of splitting water into pure oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen fuel has long been the Holy Grail for clean-energy advocates as a method of large-scale energy storage, but the idea faces technical ...
Finding answers century-old questions about platinum's catalytic properties
Researchers now understand more about why platinum is so efficient at producing power in hydrogen fuel cells.
Green and lean: Secreting bacteria eliminate cost barriers for renewable biofuel production
A Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing low-cost, renewable biofuels from bacteria. The team has reprogrammed photosynthetic ...
Chemical engineers invent portable hydrogen reactor for fuel cells
Chemical Engineering students at Stevens Institute of Technology are transforming the way that American soldiers power their battery-operated devices by making a small change: a really small change. Capitalizing on the unique ...
dAlH2Orean: An RC car that runs on aluminum soda can tabs (w/ video)
Novel nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency
Fuel cells have been touted as a cleaner solution to tomorrow's energy needs, with potential applications in everything from cars to computers.
Cheap catalyst made easy
Catalysts made of carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution equal the energy output and otherwise outperform platinum catalysts in fuel cells, a team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has found.
Research team develops lightweight, portable power using hydrogen fuel pellets
Purdue University researchers have collaborated with scientists at General Atomics to create safe and efficient pellets to power hydrogen fuel cells that can run an array of portable electronic devices.
UConn reactor uses more efficient process to make biodiesel fuel
Deep inside the University of Connecticuts chemical engineering building in Storrs, Professor Richard Parnas and a team of students quietly monitor a murky brown emulsion bubbling inside an enormous 6-inch diameter ...
Metallic molecules to nanotubes: Spread out!
(PhysOrg.com) -- A lab at Rice University has stepped forward with an efficient method to disperse nanotubes in a way that preserves their unique properties -- and adds more.