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Petrochemicals – News and Features

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Coal May Hold the Answer to Clean Hydrogen

A team of scientists found that coal may represent a potential way to store hydrogen gas, much like batteries store energy for future use, addressing a major hurdle in developing a clean energy supply chain.
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Only Around 13% of Global Methane Emissions Are Regulated

New research has shown that only around 13% of methane emissions are regulated, despite methane emissions causing at least 25% of global warming.
The artificial leaf which can generate biofuel held in an individuals hand.

Solar-Powered Biofuel That Produces Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Researchers have developed a solar-powered technology that converts carbon dioxide and water into liquid fuels that can be added directly to a car’s engine as drop-in fuel.
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Sensors Developed That Can Operate at High Temperatures and in Extreme Environments

A new sensor has been developed that works in temperatures as high as 900 degrees Celsius or 1,650 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of the hottest type of lava on Earth and useful in many industries.
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PET’s Degradation Has Been Made More Efficient Using Bacterial Enzyme

A team of researchers has discovered how an enzyme that can break down PET works, and has further increased the efficiency of this biocatalyst.
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Multidimensional Mass Spectrometry and Machine Learning: A Recipe for Richer Metabolomics

A new metabolomics workflow has been developed that combines state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, which generates information-rich data, with a novel machine learning-based algorithm tailored to process it.
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Just Add Water for Eco-Friendly Ammonia

Researchers have discovered a simple and environmentally sound way to make ammonia with tiny droplets of water and nitrogen from the air.
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New Method Creates Synthetic Spider Silk at High Yields

Scientists have developed a method to create synthetic spider silk at high yields while retaining strength and toughness using mussel foot proteins.
Three images in circles showing the cultivation of microalga B. terribilis and extraction of hydrocarbons.

Cultivating Microalgae for Biofuel Production

Scientists have grown microalgae under controlled conditions to use their metabolites, especially lipids, with the prime purpose of producing biofuel.
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Innovative Process Could Create Stronger Paper Bags That Can Be Recycled for Biofuel

Roasting cellulose in an oxygen-deprived environment has been used to make paper bags stronger, even when wet, and also allows the bags to be broken down for biofuel.