Applications range from sensors and batteries to fuel cells, among other technological possibilities. Achieving a deeper understanding and control of the processes involved is the goal of the Campinas Electrochemistry Group.
Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. To overcome this problem, assistant professor Giuseppe Portale decided to take inspiration from nature and created a new class of polymers based on protein-like materials that work as proton conductors and might be useful in future bio-electronic devices.
A recently discovered soot-free flame called a blue whirl - which consumes all fuel it encounters -- actually consists of three different flame structures that swirl together into one otherworldly blue ring, according to the first study to identify how these unique flames form. By revealing the blue whirl's structure, the findings may inform potential applications of the flame for.
Here, we demonstrate that 2D D-J perovskites experience various transitions under pressure, such as crystalline-amorphous and 2D-three-dimensional structural transformation, and the probable metallization are strongly suggested. Moreover, the fundamental changes in the material properties are observed at ambient conditions after pressure treatment, which is crucial for achieving the desired characteristics for viable applications.
UC Riverside engineering professors Mihri and Cengiz Ozkan and their students have been working for years on creating improved energy storage materials from sustainable sources, such as glass bottles, beach sand, Silly Putty, and portabella mushrooms. Now they have turned plastic soda bottles into a nanomaterial for use in batteries. Though they don't store as much energy as lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors made with the material can charge much faster.
New research led by an interdisciplinary team across six universities examines heat transfer in MOFs and the role it plays when MOFs are used for storing fuel. The findings were recently published in Nature Communications.
Red bricks -- some of the world's cheapest and most familiar building materials -- can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis. Chemists have developed a method to make or modify "smart bricks" that can store energy until required for powering devices. A proof-of-concept published Aug. 11 in Nature Communications shows a brick directly powering a green LED light.
Materials scientists studying recharging fundamentals made an astonishing discovery that could open the door to better batteries, faster catalysts and other materials science leaps.
Modified metal organic frameworks that can behave as porous liquids offer new possibilities for gas separation technologies.
Results of a new study by Lehigh University's Jill McDermott and colleagues contradict the assumption that hydrogen depletions at the seafloor are caused by microbiological communities. They found that these shifts in chemistry are driven by non-biological processes that remove energy before microbial communities at the shallow seafloor gain access to it. The results were published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.