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Schematic of synthesis of flexible, binder-free high performance electrodes.March 2012Science Highlights

Novel Electrodes for High Performance Batteries

New nanostructured electrodes have 10 times the charging speed and higher battery power. Read More »

Crystal structure of the gas-separating MOF Fe2(dobdc).March 2012Science Highlights

Cutting the Cost for Commercial Gas Purification – Theory Leads the Way for a Materials Solution

Novel material for purifying gases could significantly lower industrial energy costs. Read More »

In the thermoelectric alloy copper antimony selenide (Cu3SbSe4, left), Sb atoms are bonded to four neighbors and are in the pentavalent (+5) charge state.February 2012Science Highlights

Being Uncoordinated Can Improve Thermoelectric Performance

Antimony atoms with uncoordinated electrons block flow of heat in thermoelectric materials. Read More »

Chemical Shift Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of a lithium battery after charging.February 2012Science Highlights

Brains, Knees, . . . and now Batteries

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method non-destructively images the chemical and structural changes in a lithium ion battery. Read More »

Unique catalyst is also capable of driving the reaction and then reversing it – converting electricity to hydrogen for storage and then converting it back to electricity for use.February 2012Science Highlights

Hydrogen Production Forwards and Backwards

A single reversible catalyst enables energy to be both stored and released on demand. Read More »

Polymeric sugars called Xyloglucans (black lines) were thought to tether cellulose microfibrils (red lines) in primary cell walls (top panel).February 2012Science Highlights

Tether No More: A Revised Model for Plant Cell Walls

Biomechanical studies challenge current depictions of plant primary cell wall architecture. Read More »

Schematic of catalytic fast pyrolysisFebruary 2012Science Highlights

Pumping up the Yield of Biofuels

A scalable catalytic process improves the yield of biofuels by 40%. Read More »

Selective hydrolysis and conversion of biomass hemicellulose to furfuralFebruary 2012Science Highlights

“One Pot” Recipe for Biofuels

“One pot” catalyst converts up to 20% of dry biomass to a critical chemical used in biofuel production. Read More »

2D nanosheets of sodium cobalt oxide made from a novel new process.January 2012Science Highlights

Metal Oxide Nanosheets: Graphene's Inorganic Cousin

New, scalable manufacturing technique grows metal oxide nanosheets with astronomical aspect-ratios, opening the door to intriguing material properties. Read More »

The composite image shows some of the chemical species measured in a flat premixed flame at the Advanced Light Source.December 2011Science Highlights

Peering into the Flame

New insights from synchrotron-based studies are helping to assess the potential of new biofuels. Read More »