More efficient catalytic material developed for fuel cell applications


More efficient catalytic material developed for fuel cell applications

AMES, US: Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum. The researchers succeeded by overcoming some of the technical challenges presented in the fabrication of the platinum zinc (PtZn) nanoparticles with an ordered lattice structure, which function best at the small sizes in which the chemically reactive surface area is highest in proportion to the particle volume. Read More

Graphene membranes help to make nuclear industry greener

MANCHESTER, UK: Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates. The new development could lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with heavy water production by up to a million tonnes each year. Published in the journal Nature Communications, a team from the University of Manchester led by Dr Marcelo Lozada-Hidalgo demonstrated fully scalable. Read More

Researchers develop new method to remove pollutants from water

MASSACHUSETTS, US: When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could provide a selective alternative for removing even extremely low levels of unwanted compounds. The new approach is described in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, in a paper by MIT postdoc Xiao Su, Ralph Landau professor of chemical engineering Alan Hatton. Read More

Perstorp introduces new molecule for use in animal feed

PERSTORP, SWEDEN: The Perstorp Group has officially introduced ProPhorce Valerins, glycerol esters of valeric acid to be used in feed to promote animal performance. Groundbreaking: the last introduction of a new organic acid to be used in the feed was decades ago. Valeric acid has never before been tested for commercial production which makes the introduction of ProPhorce Valerins one of kind.  In vitro and in vivo trials with ProPhorce Valerins show promising results in reducing the negative impact of Clostridium Perfringens. Read More