Chemical

Purify Ethylene

A new copper compound developed by a research team at the University of Texas at Arlington can be employed to purify ethylene. The researchers have also filed a provisional patent application for the same. Ethylene is widely used as raw material in the production of many industrial compounds and variety of plastics including PVC or polyethylene. Naturally, produced from crude oil, ethylene are obtained as mixture containing ethane. In manufacturing processes,

Purple Bacteria

A group of researchers at King Juan Carlos University in Spain have discovered a new method to convert industrial wastewater and household sewage into energy using purple phototropic purple bacteria (PPB) as a battery. In the recent study, published in the journal Frontiers in Energy Research, the scientists explained that the energy-storing bacteria are capable of recovering almost 100% of the carbon from each type of organic waste and when

Bionic Mushroom

Researchers from Stevens Institute of Technology in the US have made an ordinary button bionic mushroom which is capable of producing its own electricity without using fossil fuels. In the recent work, featured in the journal Nano Letters, the research team supercharged the bionic mushroom with 3D printed clusters of cyanobacteria or Blue-green bacteria and nanowires made of graphene. According to the researchers, the cyanobacteria can generate electricity by converting

Smart Garments

In a recent study, researchers from University of Massachusetts at Amherst have created a new fabrication method that will replace the bulky batteries on wearable devices with lightweight and efficient supercapacitors. According to the researchers, with the innovation, a charge-storing system can be easily embroidered onto any smart garments, using a micro-supercapacitor while a polymer film is combined with vapor-coated conductive threads. In order to design a flexible mesh of

Metal-air Batteries

Researchers at MIT have discovered a way to significantly reduce corrosion and provide longer shelf life to metal-air batteries, as reported in journal Science. Metal-air batteries such as aluminum-air batteries are considered to be one of the most compact and lightest types of batteries, but when not in use, degrade easily as the metal electrodes are highly susceptible to corrosion. They can lose about 805 of their charge in a

Scientists Suggest Use of Crystals to Remove Impurities from Natural Gas

Scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a metal-organic framework (MOF) that can remove troublesome impurities of natural gas such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in simpler and more effective way. According the researchers, it is way to upgrade the natural gas that could help Saudi Arabia to make cleaner and better use of its abundant supplies of natural gas containing high

Shrink Ray

In a recent study, published in journal of the American Chemical Society, scientists have developed an innovative device that can alter the shape and size of a block of gel-like material on which bacterial or human cells were growing. According to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin who have created the new shrink ray, it could be promising for scientists to understand the ways to grow replacement tissues

Carbon Fibers

A new study has demonstrated the capability of carbon fibers to function as battery electrodes that can directly store electrical energy. According to the researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, this discovery could create new opportunities for structural batteries where carbon fiber becomes an integral part of the energy system. Further, multifunctional material like carbon fiber is used in many vehicles to make them stronger and lighter which could

Self-healing Ion Gel

According to a new study published in Advanced Materials, a new form of Self-healing ion gel can self-heal at ambient temperature without the influence of any external stimuli such as light or temperature. The new Self-healing ion gel designed by researchers from Japan exhibits excellent toughness and self-healing ability without any detectable change in the environment. Self-healing Ion gels have attracted a lot of attention for their unique attributes including

Self-healing Polymers

A new innovation by a team of researchers from Clemson University, South Carolina might drastically lessen the cost of formulating paints, coatings, and plastics meant for screens of cell phones. Those also include other materials that can automatically heal themselves. The group of scientists led by Marek Urban published their findings in a journal. In it they described vividly as to how they could impart self-healing polymers finding application in affordable