Chemistry in the News
Single-step hydrogen peroxide production could be cleaner, more efficient
Tue, 24 May 2016 14:49:27 EDT
Chemical and biological engineers have uncovered new insight into how the compound hydrogen peroxide decomposes. This advance could inform efficient and cost-effective single-step strategies for producing hydrogen peroxide.
Barium leaches directly from fracked rocks
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:40:48 EDT
Researchers are shedding light on the early chemical reactions in the organic sediments that would ultimately become the Marcellus Shale, a major source of natural gas and petroleum.
Getting the most out of natural gas
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:34:34 EDT
Scientists have discovered a new catalyst that allows the easy conversion of natural gas constituents into precursors for the production of fuels or complex chemicals, such as polymers or pharmaceuticals. The new catalyst is extremely stable and results in fewer unwanted by-products.
Closing in on the elusive rotational-vibrational CH5+ spectra
Tue, 24 May 2016 12:15:36 EDT
To identify molecules on Earth or in outer space, scientists typically record the spectrum of light absorbed -- each molecule has its own unique spectrum. CH5+, consists of a central carbon atom with five hydrogen atoms constantly moving around it, which makes it difficult to interpret its spectrum. Scientists report comparing, for the first time at a detailed level, experimental v. theory for CH5+.
Clue for efficient usage of low-cost nickel catalysts
Tue, 24 May 2016 08:57:53 EDT
A group of researchers has developed a method of the consecutive formation of bonds of two butadiene, alkyl groups, and benzene rings by using a cheap nickel catalyst. Using this technique, it has become possible to synthesize high-value terminal olefin by using cheap butadiene.