Aluminum clusters shut down molecular fuel factory

Despite decades of industrial use, the exact chemical transformations occurring within zeolites, a common material used in the conversion of oil to gasoline, remain poorly understood. Now scientists have found a way to locate—with ...

'Predicted' zeolites may fuel efficient processes

(Phys.org)—Scientists at Rice University and the University of Minnesota have identified synthetic materials that may purify ethanol more efficiently and greatly improve the separation of long-chain hydrocarbons in petroleum ...

A new approach to creating organic zeolites

Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Delaware, is known worldwide for using nanomaterials to solve problems in energy engineering, environmental sustainability and electronics.

Better catalysts for the petrochemical industry

When crude oil is refined to fuels and chemicals, help is at hand—in the form of so-called catalysts. Scientists now provide a reference parameter for the performance of an important class of catalysts for petrochemical ...

Researchers find definitive evidence of how zeolites grow

Researchers have found the first definitive evidence of how silicalite-1 (MFI type) zeolites grow, showing that growth is a concerted process involving both the attachment of nanoparticles and the addition of molecules.

Synthetic natural gas from excess electricity

"Power to gas" is a key concept when it comes to storing alternative energy. This process converts short-term excess electricity from photovoltaic systems and wind turbines into hydrogen. Combined with the greenhouse gas ...

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