The energetic origins of life
Hybrid energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations and sunlight
Nanosilicon rapidly splits water without light, heat, or electricity
Study supports role of quantum effects in photosynthesis
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When less is more: Fewer proton relays improve catalytic rates
(Phys.org) —By directly comparing three closely related catalysts, scientists at the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis established that hydrogen production speed and efficiency are influenced by the ...
New connection between stacked solar cells can handle energy of 70,000 suns
(Phys.org) —North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a new technique for improving the connections between stacked solar cells, which should improve the overall efficiency of solar ...
Fungal-bacterial consortia turn corn stalks and leaves into better biofuel
A fungus and E. coli bacteria have joined forces to turn tough, waste plant material into isobutanol, a biofuel that matches gasoline's properties better than ethanol.
Nanocrystals and nickel catalyst substantially improve light-based hydrogen production
Hydrogen is an attractive fuel source because it can easily be converted into electric energy and gives off no greenhouse emissions. A group of chemists at the University of Rochester is adding to its appeal ...
Folding light: Wrinkles and twists boost power from solar panels
Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to significantly increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.
Chemists develop liquid-based hydrogen storage material
University of Oregon chemists have developed a boron-nitrogen-based liquid-phase storage material for hydrogen that works safely at room temperature and is both air- and moisture-stable -- an accomplishment ...
Inexpensive, efficient bi-metallic electrocatalysts may open floodgates for hydrogen fuel
University of Delaware researchers have discovered a cheap and efficient catalyst for converting water to hydrogen fuel (known as hydrogen evolution), a vital step in making hydrogen a viable and sustainable ...
The quality of light
Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host organisms for producing chemicals, biofuels, and medicine. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National ...