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Petrochemicals – News and Features

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New Material Puts Eco-Friendly Methanol Conversion in Reach

Innovative, eco-friendly quantum materials can drive the transformation of methanol into ethylene glycol.
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Coating Enables Threefold Improvement of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells in Just 4 Minutes

Simple and fast oxide catalyst coating technology improves solid oxide fuel cell performance threefold. Secured core technology applicable to a wide range of applications, from solid oxide fuel cells to high-temperature electrolysis.
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Are “Liquid Batteries” the Future of Renewable Energy Storage?

A Stanford team are exploring an emerging technology for renewable energy storage: liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs). Hydrogen is already used as fuel or a means for generating electricity, but containing and transporting it is tricky.
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Mobile Monitoring for an Airborne Carcinogen in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology measured concerning levels of ethylene oxide in Louisiana’s southeastern corridor with mobile optical instruments, a technique they say could improve health risk assessments.
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New Method Optimizes Lithium Extraction From Seawater and Groundwater

Scientists have demonstrated a new method to extract valuable lithium from very dilute liquids – including seawater, groundwater and the “flowback water” generated from fracking and offshore oil drilling operations.
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Mussels Downstream of Wastewater Facility Contain Radium

Mussels downstream of a wastewater facility that processed fracking wastewater from the oil and gas industry have been found to contain radium.
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New US Map Shows the Abandoned Farms That Could Help Fight Climate Change

A map of nearly 30 million acres of cropland abandoned since the 1980s could guide decisions about how to balance production of energy and food.
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The Potential of Bioenergy Sorghum for Sustainable Biofuels

Bioenergy sorghum is an important resource for the production of biofuels and bioproducts. Researchers have been working hard to make this tall, drought-tolerant plant even more productive and resilient to harsh environmental conditions.
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Mushroom Eco-Leather: The Next Step for Sustainable Fashion?

While there is demand within the fashion industry for vegan alternatives to leather, there are few sustainable options that can match current commercial needs. Now, a new production method could help to make mushroom-based leather a realistic option.
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New Method Reveals Heavy Metals in Fertilizer

Toxic metals in mineral phosphate fertilizers have been identified by a new tool that also outlines their impact on soil, water resources and food supply.