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CO2 converted into a diesel blend fuel

14 October, 2021

A new method converts carbon dioxide into a diesel-range fuel and has the potential to produce a net-zero liquid fuel alternative to power cars more sustainably.

Towards greener labs with Thermo Fisher Scientific

09 June, 2021

Labs, whether in academia and research or biotechnology and manufacturing, are all aiming to reduce their carbon footprint.

Perovskite catalyst for CO2 conversion

29 April, 2021

TU Wien scientists have produced a special perovskite that is suitable as a catalyst for converting CO2 into other useful substances, such as synthetic fuels.

New catalyst enables sustainable hydrocarbon synthesis

23 April, 2021

Researchers have used platinum and aluminium compounds to create a catalyst which enables certain chemical reactions to occur more efficiently than ever before.

Photocatalyst can turn carbon dioxide into methane fuel

19 March, 2021

A new photocatalyst can produce methane fuel selectively and effectively from carbon dioxide using sunlight.

Biomass flow reactor will turn waste into fuel

18 August, 2020

The biomass benchtop flow reactor has the potential to turn a wide range of waste and biomass feedstock into fuels, fine chemicals, liquid fertiliser and ethanol.

Carbon dioxide capture and water filtration enabled by MOFs

15 June, 2020

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) — technology that resembles a sponge filled with tiny magnets — are being used to help deliver cleaner air and water.

Rubber polymer enables greener construction materials

26 May, 2020

Bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a new kind of rubber polymer.

Renewable biofuel could be used on ships

15 May, 2020

Researchers have been converting bioethanol into products including synthetic diesel, gasoline and jet fuel that have nearly the same properties as fossil fuels.

Optical fibres used to convert water into hydrogen fuel

09 April, 2020

Chemists, physicists and engineers have transformed optical fibres into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy.

Facility to convert CO2 to carbon black powder

28 March, 2020

A container-scale facility seeks to convert CO2 contained in ambient air into highly pure carbon black powder that can be used as a resource in industry.

Nanostructured catalyst efficiently converts CO2 to CO

19 March, 2020

Researchers develop a 3D hierarchically porous nanostructured catalyst with a carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide conversion rate up to 3.96 times higher than that of conventional nanoporous gold catalysts.

Carbonating beverages with atmospheric CO2

06 February, 2020

CSIRO has developed a new technology that pulls CO2 out of the atmosphere and puts it into beer and other beverages.

Chromium breakthrough enables more sustainable photochemistry

04 February, 2020

The abundant base metal chromium can substitute expensive precious metals in photocatalysis — a technique currently used to synthesise pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.

Efficient hydrogen extraction supports sustainable fuel

04 November, 2019

Researchers have developed a new method of extracting hydrogen from water more efficiently, which could help underpin the capture of renewable energy in the form of sustainable fuel.

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