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  • Faster design, better catalysts
    While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Therefore, catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept, that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications.

  • Staying healthy: Experiment finds key to natural detoxifier’s reactivity
    Researchers have discovered that a mere 9-trillionths-of-a-meter reduction in the length of a chemical bond dramatically boosts the reactivity of a family of molecules that helps keep humans and many other organisms healthy.

  • Dirt-cheap catalyst may lower fuel costs for hydrogen-powered cars
    Researchers seeking to make hydrogen a less expensive fuel for cars have upgraded a catalyst nearly as cheap as dirt -- molybdenum disulfide, 'molly' for short -- to stand in for platinum, a rare element with the moonlike price.

  • Energy researchers discover new structure for bimetallic catalysts
    Chemists using computational techniques to predict how nanoscale materials will behave recently made a surprising discovery about the structure of bimetallic catalysts. An imperfect surface may produce a better catalyst.

  • Professor solves 140-year fluid mechanics enigma
    A researcher has solved a 140-year-old enigma in fluid mechanics: Why does a simple formula describe the seemingly complex physics for the behavior of elliptical particles moving through fluid?

  • Tellurium electrodes boost lithium batteries
    Tellurium electrodes have higher energy densities and may be charged and discharged faster than conventional electrode materials.

  • Exploring cost-effective, non-polluting enhanced geothermal systems
    A new fracturing fluid has been created that may increase the ability to develop geothermal energy, scientists report. This advance of tapping the natural heat of Earth may improve the cost-effectiveness and cleanliness of the process.

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015
    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2015 to Tomas Lindahl Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, Hertfordshire, UK, Paul Modrich Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA, and Aziz Sancar University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, "for mechanistic studies of DNA repair."

  • From trees to power: Engineers build better energy storage device
    New work demonstrates an improved three-dimensional energy storage device constructed by trapping functional nanoparticles within the walls of a foam-like structure made of nanocellulose. The foam is made in one step and can be used to produce more sustainable capacitor devices with higher power density and faster charging abilities compared to rechargeable batteries. This development paves the way towards the production of lightweight, flexible, and high-power electronics for application in wearable devices, portable power sources and hybrid vehicles.

  • Protein reactions identified with subatomic resolution
    Using subatomic resolution, researchers have gained insights into the dynamic modus operandi of two switch proteins which are responsible for the import of compounds into the nucleus and for cell growth. The team combined different methods in order to gain a resolution of one-hundredth of the atomic diameter.