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Chemistry professor explores outer regions of periodic table
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:15:56 EDT
Scientists have captured the fundamental chemistry of the element berkelium, or Bk on the periodic table.

Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:32:17 EDT
Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists believe they've found a way to convert all these emissions into energy-rich fuel in a carbon-neutral cycle that uses a very abundant natural resource: silicon. Readily available in sand, it's the seventh most-abundant element in the universe and the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust.

New method in synthesis and development for pharmaceuticals
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:11:24 EDT
Scientists have developed a new synthetic methods that facilitate the design and synthesis of bioactive compounds and chemical tools for pharmacological studies, the team reports.

Promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:48:43 EDT
Researchers discovered a procedure to restore defective graphene oxide structures that cause the material to display low carrier mobility. By applying a high-temperature reduction treatment in an ethanol environment, defective structures were restored, leading to the formation of a highly crystalline graphene film with excellent band-like transport. These findings are expected to come into use in scalable production techniques of highly crystalline graphene films.

Green light: Biochemists describe light-driven conversion of greenhouse gas to fuel
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:40:17 EDT
By way of a light-driven bacterium, biochemists are a step closer to cleanly converting harmful carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion into usable fuels. Using the phototropic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris as a biocatalyst, the scientists generated methane from carbon dioxide in one enzymatic step.