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Calculations predict the zeolite structure schematically shown in the figure will effectively capture methane from a low-quality natural gas mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).04.01.13Science Highlight

Discovery of New Materials to Capture Methane

Predicted materials could economically produce high-purity methane from natural gas systems and separate methane from coal mine ventilation systems. Read More »

Polysaccharides (complex chains of sugar) in plant cell walls are great carbon energy sources for biofuel production.04.01.13Science Highlight

Engineering Better Plants for Biofuels

New approach decreases lignin content in plant secondary cell wall. Read More »

Scanning electron microscope image of a silicon surface hosting a nano-scale array of V-shaped gold antennas (metasurface) with different lengths, orientations, and angles.04.01.13Science Highlight

Putting Light to Work at the Quantum Scale

Using artificial nanostructures to control the properties of light could play a prominent role in the future of computing. Read More »

Uranium mill tailings field research site in Rifle, Colo.03.01.13Science Highlight

Understanding How Uranium Changes in Subsurface Environments

Bacterial biomass found to have an impact. Read More »

Diagram showing the properties of a material as temperature and chemical composition (phosphorus level in this study) are varied.03.01.13Science Highlight

What Causes High-temperature Superconductivity?

A phase change at absolute zero temperature may provide key insights into the decades-old mystery of high-temperature superconductivity. Read More »

Research on uranium transformation and mobility in the subsurface is providing insights that can aid remediation efforts at contaminated sites such as the Hanford 300 area in Washington.03.01.13Science Highlight

Common Mineral Impurity Can Affect Uranium Mobility

Previously unknown role of titanium in subsurface chemistry revealed. Read More »

Distribution of superconductivity around holes (white) in a thin sheet of superconducting film.03.01.13Science Highlight

A Breakthrough for High-Field Superconductors

Nano-structuring may help superconductors overcome a decades-long barrier to use in more powerful motors and magnets. Read More »

The density of bonding electrons (red and yellow) in silicon (upper left) is rather evenly distributed, whereas in zinc oxide (upper right), it is concentrated around the oxygen atoms.03.01.13Science Highlight

Understanding How Semiconductors Absorb Light

Advances in how we calculate optical properties of semiconductors shorten the path to improved solar cells and other optoelectronic devices. Read More »

[Left] Next generation multijunction solar cell with a dilute nitride middle junction (red)  [Right] A transition from delocalized to localized electron trapping is directly observed in the photoluminescence (PL) spectra as the magnetic field is increased up to 57 Tesla.03.01.13Science Highlight

Optimizing New Materials for Extreme Solar PV Performance

High magnetic fields reveal the existence of nitrogen superclusters. Read More »

Overall structure of 6-P-β-glucosidase and its comparison with 6-P-β-galactosidase.02.01.13Science Highlight

Breaking Down Enzymes’ Role in Biofuel Production

Molecular structures provide insights into biomass deconstruction. Read More »

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