Chemistry in the News
Room-temperature lithium metal battery closer to reality
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:06:23 EST
Rechargeable lithium metal batteries offer energy storage capabilities far superior to today’s workhorse lithium-ion technology that powers our smartphones and laptops. But these batteries are not in common use today because, when recharged, they spontaneously grow treelike bumps called dendrites that can trigger short-circuiting and cause a potential safety hazard.
Chemical cages: New technique advances synthetic biology
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:07:52 EST
A clever means of localizing and confining enzymes and the substrate molecules they bind with has been presented by researchers, speeding up reactions essential for life processes.
Car roof and battery made with byproducts of paper production
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:08:20 EST
Swedish researchers have produced the world's first model car with a roof and battery made from wood-based carbon fiber -- a lightweight and renewable alternative to metals and other composites.
Engineers develop hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:17:35 EST
Engineers are combining the tools of biology and chemistry to create new biorenewable products.
Why not recycled concrete?
Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:34:51 EST
From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It’s a question that a team of researchers is examining.