Scientists unlock the secrets of a sixth basic flavor

Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda first proposed umami as a basic taste—in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter—in the early 1900s. About eight decades later, the scientific community officially agreed with him.

New strategy for polyethylene terephthalate upcycling

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET), one of the most consumed synthetic polyesters, has a challenging recycling process. Current PET recycling methods have achieved downcycling, which produces low-value products like PET textiles. ...

New catalyst transforms carbon dioxide into sustainable byproduct

The need to capture CO2 and transport it for permanent storage or conversion into valued end uses is a national priority recently identified in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to move toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions ...

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