Science Highlights

Crystal structure of the gas-separating MOF Fe2(dobdc).

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 »

Electric field amplitude for terahertz light transmitted through bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3).

Showing that Surfaces Alone Can Conduct Electricity

Short pulses of light reveal an intrinsic conducting surface that is different from the bulk. 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.

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.

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.

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).

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 pyrolysis

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 furfural

“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.

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 »

Quaternary ammonium oxidative demethylation: X-ray crystallographic, resonance Raman, and UV-Visible spectroscopic analysis of a Rieske-type demethylase.

Combining Tools to Understand Enzyme Function

New insights into metal ions at an enzyme’s active site. Read More »

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