Chemist develops process that allows iron to serve as platinum catalyst
Can cobalt nanoparticles replace platinum in fuel cells?
(Phys.org)—Platinum works well as a catalyst in hydrogen fuel cells, but it has at least two drawbacks: It is expensive, and it degrades over time. Brown chemists have engineered a cheaper and more durable ...
Jelly-like atmospheric particles resist chemical aging
(Phys.org)—Atmospheric chemists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have found that when it comes to secondary organic material in the atmosphere, there are two distinct breeds: ...
Japan stem cell Nobel laureate to get research boost
Japan's Nobel prize-winning Shinya Yamanaka will likely get up to 30 billion yen ($383 million) for his stem cell research over the next decade, an official said Wednesday.
Climate chemistry and the tropics
(Phys.org)—New models are being developed to predict how changing land use in the tropics could affect future climate, air quality and crop production.
Fluoride research could hold key to easier cleanup of toxic substances
(Phys.org)—A Florida State University chemist's work could lead to big improvements in our ability to detect and eliminate specific toxic substances in our environment.
Reading a history book of the sea: The chemical memory of seawater
Water does not forget, says Prof. Boris Koch, a chemist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association. Irrespective of what happens in the sea: whether the sun shines, algae bloom ...
NASA researchers replace silica with polymers to create more flexible aerogels
Researchers closer to early detection of Parkinson's disease
(Phys.org)—In collaboration with colleagues at Oxford, a team of researchers at Umeå University in Sweden has now further elaborated its discovery of a way to detect Parkinson's disease at an early stage, and applications ...
Chemists find smallest number of water molecules needed to form an ice crystal
Corks and screw caps: Can wine consumers taste the variation?
(Phys.org)—To help winemakers determine the best caps for their wine bottles, researchers at the University of California, Davis, are studying the performance—specifically the variability—within different ...
Researchers devise new 'subtractive' type of nanoscale printing
Glass has potential to be stronger, researchers say
(Phys.org)—Glass is strong enough for so much: windshields, buildings and many other things that need to handle high stress without breaking. But scientists who look at the structure of glass strictly by ...