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Facile hydrolysis of the Metal-NHC framework under regular reaction conditions
Researchers led by professor Ananikov highlighted that Ni-NHC complexes do undergo a hydrolysis with a breakage of metal-ligand bond. (2015-12-17)

New catalyst paves way for bio-based plastics, chemicals
Washington State University researchers have developed a catalyst that easily converts bio-based ethanol to a widely used industrial chemical, paving the way for more environmentally friendly, bio-based plastics and products. (2015-12-11)

Superhydrophobic coating protects without the price
A new superhydrophobic material developed by scientists at Rice University and the University of Swansea is nontoxic, economical and shows promise to replace more expensive and hazardous materials used for waterproofing. (2015-12-09)

Biosensor technology will visualize movement of phosphate from soil fungi to plant roots
Boyce Thompson Insitute scientist Maria Harrison will collaborate with Wayne Versaw of Texas A&M University to create a new imaging system to visualize and measure the movement of phosphate from soil fungi into plant root cells in a $1.2 million DOE-funded project. (2015-12-09)

'Al dente' fibers could make bulletproof vests stronger and 'greener'
Bulletproof vests and other super-strong materials could soon become even tougher and more environmentally friendly at the same time with the help of extra firm, or 'al dente,' fibers. Researchers report in ACS' journal Macromolecules an innovative way to spin high-performance polyethylene fibers from natural fats, such as oils from olives and peanuts. (2015-12-09)

Oregon research suggests color affects ethical judgments of brands
University of Oregon and University of Cincinnati researchers have found that everyday shoppers make assumptions about brands that use green colors. The findings, published in the Journal of Business Ethics, hold ethical implications for environmentally friendly branding. (2015-12-03)

Microwaves improve green workings of materials used to clean wastewater
A new method for making the material used for cleaning wastewater makes the production process greener -- and 20 times faster. In a study published in Applied Materials Today, researchers show how using microwaves can reduce the temperature and pressure needed to make photocatalysts. (2015-12-03)

New plastic solar cell minimizes loss of photon energy
A Japanese research team demonstrates an unconventional means to achieve more efficient and robust conversion of solar energy into electricity. (2015-12-02)

New membrane may solve fresh water shortages
Researchers at Hiroshima University have developed a technology that improves the removal of salt from seawater, a breakthrough that may alleviate the increasing demand for fresh water in some countries. (2015-11-29)

Oxytocin increases social altruism
Nowadays, much emphasis is placed on sustainability. The degree to which people are willing to donate their own money for this depends on their level of oxytocin. Scientists at the University of Bonn Hospital have discovered that the willingness to donate increases with the quantity of this bonding hormone. However, oxytocin only has an effect with regard to social sustainability projects. (2015-11-26)

A sticky breakthrough
In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have designed a synthetic material that combines the key functionalities of interfacial mussel foot proteins, creating a single, low-molecular-weight, one-component adhesive. (2015-11-24)

Plant defense as a biotech tool
Against voracious beetles or caterpillars plants protect themselves with cyanide. Certain enzymes release the toxic substance when the plant is chewed. These HNL-called enzymes are also important for industry. acib found a new biocatalyst in a fern which outshines all other HNL-type enzymes on the market. (2015-11-24)

Use your loaf to save British wildlife
Farmers can maintain high yields and boost nature by signing up to a wildlife-friendly scheme, new research published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found. (2015-11-18)

Basque research harnessed to manufacture more environmentally friendly vehicles
The IK4 R&D Alliance has been leading a European project in which new techniques have been designed to manufacture lighter structural automotive parts. (2015-11-18)

Paper: Prior union experience correlates with voting for pro-labor issues
Research from U. of I. labor professor Ryan Lamare found that a legislator's past experience with labor unions is associated with an increase in voting for union-supported issues. (2015-11-17)

Cornell, Environmental Defense Fund partner on environmental projects
Cornell University's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced four new research projects addressing pressing health and environmental issues Nov. 9. The projects mark the official launch of a new partnership between the two institutions made possible by a $1.7 million grant from Cornell alumnus and private investor David Atkinson and his wife, Patricia Atkinson. (2015-11-09)

Watching cement dry could help dental fillings last longer
Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London and Aberystwyth University have revealed 'sweet points' for dental fillings, where cement used to fill cracks regain elasticity before hardening indefinitely. This could have implications for creating more durable and longer-lasting fillings in the future. (2015-11-09)

Moving to a walking neighborhood is good for your blood pressure
People who moved from a neighborhood that required a vehicle to run errands to one that made walking-errands convenient were significantly less likely to have high blood pressure than people who moved from one low-walkability neighborhood to another low-walkability neighborhood Specifically, people who moved to a highly walkable neighborhood had a 54 percent lower risk of high blood pressure than those who moved to a more car-dependent neighborhood over 10 years of follow up. (2015-11-08)

Engineer receives $2.2 million DOE grant to develop electric vehicle battery technology
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently awarded a grant to a University of Missouri engineering researcher to develop manufacturing technology that will help produce materials necessary for lithium ion batteries used in electric vehicles. The DOE's $2.2 million award will allow Yangchuan Xing, a professor of chemical engineering in the MU College of Engineering, to develop his proposed manufacturing technology over the course of the next three years. (2015-11-04)

Storage advance may boost solar thermal energy potential
Engineers have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use. (2015-11-03)

New metal alloy could yield green cooling technologies
A promising metal alloy system could lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants and environmentally friendly cooling technologies, according to a scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology. (2015-10-30)

Research investigates impact of carbon footprint label
New research suggests that an initiative to show consumers which products are more environmentally friendly needs to be easy to understand to be effective. (2015-10-25)

'Green' buildings bring in more green
'Green' commercial buildings bring in more revenue for landlords, according to new research by a University of Guelph professor. Environmentally friendly office buildings have higher rents and occupancy rates as well as more satisfied tenants, says the study. The study examined 10 years of data from one of North America's largest commercial real estate firms and included 58 million square feet of office space -- 148 buildings in Canada and 143 in the United States. (2015-10-20)

Professor Satinder Brar, key guest speaker at Solid Waste Management and Green Economy
Professor Satinder Kaur Brar of the Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre at INRS is the only Quebec fellow of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada invited to the international expert workshop Solid Waste Management and Green Economy to be held Oct. 22 and 23, 2015, in Halle, Germany. She will present a case study with significant benefits for the beer industry. (2015-10-20)

Mother-of-pearl's genesis identified in mineral's transformation
How nacre, or mother-of-pearl, is first deposited by the animals that make it has eluded discovery despite decades of scientific inquiry. Now, a team of Wisconsin scientists reports the first direct experimental observations of nacre formation at its earliest stages in a mollusk. (2015-10-20)

New graphene based inks for high-speed manufacturing of printed electronics
A low-cost, high-speed method for printing electronics using graphene and other conductive materials could open up a wide range of commercial applications. (2015-10-19)

Passenger Express Train to receive 2015 User-Centered Product Design Award
The overriding philosophy behind the design of the Hitachi Class 800/801 train was to develop a multidisciplinary design team with human factors playing a critical role from the outset. (2015-10-14)

New research could revolutionize flexible electronics, solar cells
Binghamton University researchers have demonstrated an eco-friendly process that enables unprecedented spatial control over the electrical properties of graphene oxide. This two-dimensional nanomaterial has the potential to revolutionize flexible electronics, solar cells and biomedical instruments. (2015-10-14)

Scientific breakthrough can lead to cheaper and environmentally friendly solar cells
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found a new way to capture energy from sunlight -- by using molecules that contain iron. The results are presented in the latest issue of Nature Chemistry. The hope is to develop efficient and environmentally friendly solar energy applications. (2015-10-13)

U researchers create light emitting diodes from food and beverage waste
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are widely used for a variety of applications and have been a popular, more efficient alternative to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs for the past few decades. Two University of Utah researchers have now found a way to create LEDs from food and beverage waste. In addition to utilizing food and beverage waste that would otherwise decompose and be of no use, this development can also reduce potentially harmful waste from LEDs generally made from toxic elements. (2015-10-13)

UT Arlington computer scientist using deep web mining to make browsing easier
A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is partnering with colleagues at Qatar University and George Washington University to make browsing on a cellphone easier. (2015-10-08)

AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Awards kick-start research for early-career women scientists
Four early-career women scientists received $50,000 grants to kick-start to their academic research careers 15 October in an awards ceremony at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. These grants are the first presentation of the Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences, administered by AAAS with $2.2 million in funding from the Marion Milligan Mason Fund. (2015-10-08)

Energy researchers discover new structure for bimetallic catalysts
Dion Vlachos, who directs the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at the University of Delaware, uses computational techniques to predict how nanoscale materials will behave and recently made a surprising discovery about the structure of bimetallic catalysts. An imperfect surface may produce a better catalyst. (2015-10-07)

From trees to power: McMaster engineers build better energy storage device
This work demonstrates an improved three-dimensional energy storage device constructed by trapping functional nanoparticles within the walls of a foam-like structure made of nanocellulose. The foam is made in one step and can be used to produce more sustainable capacitor devices with higher power density and faster charging abilities compared to rechargeable batteries. This development paves the way towards the production of lightweight, flexible, and high-power electronics for application in wearable devices, portable power sources and hybrid vehicles. (2015-10-06)

Semiconductor nanoparticles show high luminescence in a polymer matrix
Toyohashi Tech researchers in cooperation with researchers at the National Institute of Technology, Kurume College have demonstrated the formation of composite nanoparticles of luminescent ZnO quantum dots and polymer by dispersion polymerization in supercritical CO2. Embedding quantum dots in polymeric matrices enhances their stability and prevents agglomeration. This research shows that the supercritical-fluid-assisted process provides an environmentally benign process for producing stabilized luminescent materials. (2015-10-01)

Hotel 'greenwashing' dirties eco-friendly reputation
Hotels across the globe are increasingly encouraging guests to embrace green practices. Yet while guests think they are supporting the environment by shutting off lights and reusing towels, they may in fact be victims of 'greenwashing,' a corporation's deceitful practice of promoting environmentally friendly programs while hiding ulterior motives. (2015-10-01)

Solar energy: Hydrogen for all seasons
Chemists from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have developed novel porous materials called 'covalent organic frameworks,' which provide a basis for the design of polymeric photocatalysts with tunable physical, chemical and electronic properties. (2015-09-30)

Making batteries with portabella mushrooms
Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering think so. (2015-09-29)

A new catalyst for industrial polyethylene production synthesized
Newly discovered catalyst will find its application in polyethylene production, which is used for gas and oil-transporting pipelines, synthetic oil, lubricants, cleaning agents and other household items. As of now, such products were only imported to Russia and Kazan Federal University stands out to promote domestic collaboration of research and production. (2015-09-25)

Small-scale nuclear fusion may be a new energy source
Fusion energy may soon be used in small-scale power stations. This means producing environmentally friendly heating and electricity at a low cost from fuel found in water. Both heating generators and generators for electricity could be developed within a few years, according to research that has primarily been conducted at the University of Gothenburg. (2015-09-25)

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