SOON WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING FROM SAWDUST

This is science at its best: When I was growing up, the only practical use for sawdust was to soak up vomit, but thanks to scientists at a Belgian university who developed a new chemical process, that same sawdust could soon be used in gasoline and other products normally derived from petroleum. Researchers at KU […]

SPRAY-ON SOLAR CELLS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE SOLAR INDUSTRY PRICING STRUCTURE

Research scientists at the University of Sheffield have recently developed a technique to make solar panels even more efficient with the creation of spray-on solar cells. With further research and development, this technology may one day replace traditional bulky solar cells with a spray can. The current solar power market is being handicapped by the […]

UNIVERSITY LOOKING AT USING FOOL’S GOLD [IRON PYRITE] AS A SOLAR MATERIAL

MADISON, Wis. – As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite — a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as fool’s gold — could do the job, but when it works […]

HYDROGEN POWERED CARS COULD BE THE FUTURE PREFERRED CHOICE

Now that car makers have demonstrated through hybrid vehicle success that consumers want less-polluting tailpipes, they are shifting even greener. In 2015, Toyota will roll out the first hydrogen fuel-cell car for personal use that emits only water. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explains […]