Producing carbon-free energy from solar water splitting

Producing carbon-free energy from solar water splitting

llnl-water-splitting-1LIVERMORE, US: A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist and collaborators are fine changing the mechanisms to generate hydrogen from water and sunlight. Hydrogen production offers a promising approach for producing scalable and sustainable carbon-free energy. The key to a successful solar-to-fuel technology is the design of efficient, long-lasting and low-cost photoelectrochemical cells (PECs), which are responsible for absorbing sunlight and driving water-splitting reactions. Read More

Researchers use their own ‘toolset’ to probe chemical responses

cornell-university-toolsetITHACA, US: Using a novel chemical procedure developed in the lab, Yimon Aye and her group at Cornell University are helping to blaze a trail in the emerging field of precision medicine by targeting and modulating single proteins to achieve desired responses. The procedure, targetable reactive electrophiles and oxidants – dubbed “T-REX” by the group – involves the use of a photocaged (light-activated) precursor that, when turned on, specifically tags a protein of interest. Exposure to light elicits the desired protein response. Read More

Cookware made with scrap metal contaminates food: Study

ashland-university-aluminum-cookware-1SAN FRANCISCO, US: Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal in countries around the world poses a serious and previously unrecognised health risk to millions of people according to a new study. The highest levels were found in cookware from Vietnam including one pot that released 2,800 times more lead than California’s Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day. Researchers at Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International tested 42 samples. Read More

BASF enters Indian crop protection market; launches its fungicides

basf-india-rice-1NEW DELHI, INDIA: For the first time, BASF has launched its crop protection solutions for rice in India. With these solutions, the rice farmers in our country will be able to boost productivity and income. Rice is India’s most important food crop, with an estimate of more than 100 million metric tonnes produced per year. Moreover, India is a substantial exporter of rice to the global market, exporting over 10 million metric tonnes per year (estimated) with significant opportunities to further increase output. Read More