Key to improved green tech efficiency found in simple acid treatment

Journal Reference: Wenjuan Bian, Wei Wu, Baoming Wang, Wei Tang, Meng Zhou, Congrui Jin, Hanping Ding, Weiwei Fan, Yanhao Dong, Ju Li, Dong Ding. Revitalizing interface in protonic ceramic cells by acid etch. Nature, 2022; 604 (7906): 479 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04457-y But first, scientists must overcome several challenges, including how to make the cells more efficient … Read more

New polymer membrane tech improves efficiency of CO2 capture

Journal Reference: Marius Sandru, Eugenia M. Sandru, Wade F. Ingram, Jing Deng, Per M. Stenstad, Liyuan Deng, Richard J. Spontak. An integrated materials approach to ultrapermeable and ultraselective CO 2 polymer membranes. Science, 2022; 376 (6588): 90 DOI: 10.1126/science.abj9351 “To demonstrate the capability of our new membranes, we looked at mixtures of CO2 and nitrogen, … Read more

Bionic wing flaps improve wind energy efficiency

Journal Reference: Liming Wu, Xiaomin Liu, Yang Liu, Guang Xi. Using the combined flow control accessory to the aerodynamic performance enhancement of bio-inspired seagull airfoils. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2022; 14 (2): 023302 DOI: 10.1063/5.0079060 In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, by AIP Publishing, scientists from China show a bionic approach … Read more

Desert shrubs cranked up water use efficiency to survive a megadrought

Journal Reference: Steven A. Kannenberg, Avery W. Driscoll, Paul Szejner, William R. L. Anderegg, James R. Ehleringer. Rapid increases in shrubland and forest intrinsic water-use efficiency during an ongoing megadrought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021; 118 (52): e2118052118 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2118052118 “The Southwest is in a really dry period,” says Steven Kannenberg, postdoctoral … Read more

Chemical reactions enhance efficiency of key energy storage method

Journal Reference: Fuqiong Lei, David Korba, Wei Huang, Kelvin Randhir, Like Li, Nick AuYeung. Thermochemical heat recuperation for compressed air energy storage. Energy Conversion and Management, 2021; 250: 114889 DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2021.114889 Moving toward net-zero carbon emissions means dealing with the intermittent, unpredictable nature of green power sources such as wind and solar and also overcoming … Read more

Gene-editing used to create single sex mice litters, 100% efficiency

Journal Reference: Charlotte Douglas, Valdone Maciulyte, Jasmin Zohren, Daniel M. Snell, Shantha K. Mahadevaiah, Obah A. Ojarikre, Peter J. I. Ellis, James M. A. Turner. CRISPR-Cas9 effectors facilitate generation of single-sex litters and sex-specific phenotypes. Nature Communications, 2021; 12 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-27227-2 This proof of principle study, published in Nature Communications today (Friday 3rd December), … Read more

New study shows electric fields can improve the efficiency of wastewater purification

Journal Reference: Young-Chae Song, Jung-Hui Woo, Gyung-Geun Oh, Dong-Hoon Kim, Chae-Young Lee, Hyun-Woo Kim. External electric field promotes ammonia stripping from wastewater. Water Research, 2021; 203: 117518 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2021.117518 Ammonia is one of many pollutants present in wastewater and can be toxic for marine and terrestrial life. Therefore, in a process called air stripping, it … Read more