Breakthrough in direct conversion of CO2, methane into liquid fuels

Breakthrough in direct conversion of CO2, methane into liquid fuels

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while producing valuable chemical feedstocks.The Researchers have reported a unique plasma synthesis process for the direct, one-step activation of carbon dioxide and methane into higher value liquid fuels and chemicals with high selectivity at ambient conditions. Read More


A new generation of microsensors could provide the vital link between food products and the internet of things. ETH Zurich researchers have developed an ultra-thin temperature sensor that is both biocompatible and biodegradable. A team of researchers led by Giovanni Salvatore, post-doc in the Electronics Laboratory, has been working with scientists from other ETH institutes on the development of biodegradable microsensors for temperature measurement.Read More
Scientists from the University of Leeds have developed a novel textile material that disinfects itself. It is a weapon in the battle against deadly hospital-acquired infections.Tests have shown that it can reduce bacteria levels by more than 90 percent.By incorporating the specially-engineered textile in a device designed to be used on hospital doors instead of the traditional aluminium door plate, the part of the door that people push to open it, they aim to bolster hand hygiene. Read More
Will the reinforced concrete bridge still be standing for years to come, or has corrosion already set in? ETH scientists have discovered that previous concrete samples were too small to allow a reliable statement on the condition of reinforced concrete.Taminabrucke opened in June this year following four years of construction. At 475 metres, the reinforced concrete bridge is the longest arch bridge in Switzerland. Read More