July 11th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
In a fresh effort to boost the visibility of its renewable energy efforts, China is turning to one of its most beloved creatures—Panda Green Energy Group Ltd. recently announced that it has connected its latest solar power plant, cutely shaped into the likeness of its namesake, to the electricity grid.
July 4th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
One of America's most iconic representations of its freedom towers some 305 feet above Liberty Island in New York City, N.Y.—the Statue of Liberty. Watch this video to learn more about the unique chemistry of her materials.
June 30th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Lawrence Livermore National Lab scientists have developed a carbon capture system that uses simple, nontoxic carbon dioxide-grabbing polymer microcapsules to absorb and store the greenhouse gas generated during beer brewing.
June 30th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Rice University researchers have developed an environmentally friendly membrane distillation system that harnesses solar energy for purifying water. The technology could soon be scaled to provide clean water to remote locations, including areas that lack clean water.
June 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at the University of British Colombia (Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada) have a new strategy that just might be going somewhere—they’ve devised a technique to incorporate recycled rubber tire fibers into concrete to reuse the waste material, improve the durability of concrete, and reduced the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.
June 23rd, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) (Hermsdorf, Germany) have harnessed the power of ceramics to develop nanofiltration membranes that can generate completely clean drinking water from wastewater—even industrial sewage.
June 23rd, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A research group in China has created electrodes for potassium-ion batteries made from rusty stainless steel mesh. The result is an environmentally friendly, stable, and less expensive battery suitable for electronic devices.
June 21st, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Could paint be the next material to generate hydrogen fuel? Researchers recently developed a way to produce hydrogen fuel from solar energy and humid air. They mixed synthetic molybdenum sulfide with titanium oxide to create a paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.
June 15th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
MIT scientists recently reported that a novel laser-based spectroscopy technique can sensitively detect small imperfections in materials, opening new possibilities for monitoring irradiated materials in place in real time.
June 14th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
By reducing typical sintering temperatures from >1000ºC to <300ºC, cold sintering offers the potential to both increase energy efficiency and drastically reduce manufacturing costs—a win–win for manufacturers and consumers alike.