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.
A paperweight for platinum: Bracing catalyst in material makes fuel cell component work better, last longer
A new combination of nanoparticles and graphene results in a more durable catalytic material for fuel cells, according to work published today online at the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The catalytic ...
US to regulate rocket fuel chemical in water
The US government said Wednesday it plans to limit the amount of perchlorate, a chemical found in rocket fuel, explosives and bleach, that is present in the drinking water of millions of Americans.
Reactor uses sunlight to make hydrocarbon fuel
Researchers have developed a reactor that can rapidly produce fuel from sunlight, using carbon dioxide and water, plus a compound called ceric oxide.
The fine art of producing chemicals and electricity: Researchers develop organometallic fuel cell
Together with Italian researchers, Swiss ETH Zurich Professor Hansjorg Grutzmacher and his group have developed a novel organometallic fuel cell. In addition to generating electrical energy, it also produces ...
Platinum-coated nanoparticles could lead to better fuel cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- Fuel cells may power the cars of the future, but it's not enough to just make them work -- they have to be affordable. Cornell researchers have developed a novel way to synthesize a fuel cell ...
A high-yield biomass alternative to petroleum for industrial chemicals
A team of University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineers report in today's issue of Science that they have developed a way to produce high-volume chemical feedstocks including benzene, toluene, xylene ...
Success in developing groundbreaking electrolyte materials
The Fuel Cell Nano-Materials Group at the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science has successfully developed two types of novel materials which satisfy all the three requirements for electrolyte: ...
Hydrogen fuel for thought: Researchers find metallacarboranes may meet DOE storage goals
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research by Rice University scientists suggests that a class of material known as metallacarborane could store hydrogen at or better than benchmarks set by the United States Department ...
Juicing up laptops and cell phones with soda pop or vegetable oil?
Scientists today reported development of a new battery-like device that opens the possibility that people one day could "recharge" cell phones, laptops, and other portable electronics in an unlikely way -- with a sugar fix ...