RESEARCH PAPERS OF NOTE
March 17, 2010
Batteries, hydrogen and a new
way to use fuel
* Make highly porous silicon nanoparticles,
and you have the key ingredient for inexpensive, high capacity lithium
ion batteries. See High-performance
lithium-ion anodes using a hierarchical bottom-up approach, Nature
Materials, published online March 14, 2010.
* Come up with the right complex cobalt-containing molecule, and you
have an inexpensive, durable catalyst for generating hydrogen from
water using sunlight. See A
Fast Soluble Carbon-Free Molecular Water Oxidation Catalyst Based
on Abundant Metals, Science, published online March 11,
* Coat an array of carbon nanotubes with fuel, ignite one
end, and you can generate powerful pulses of electricity. See Chemically
driven carbon-nanotube-guided thermopower waves, Nature Materials,
published online March 7, 2010.
* Treat cellulose with a combination of an ionic liquid and
an acid, and you can turn biomass into sugars that are readily processed
into biofuels. See Fermentable
sugars by chemical hydrolysis of biomass, Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, published online March 1, 2010.
* Mix carbon with lithium sulfide and carbon with tin nanoparticles,
separate the two with the right kind of gel, and you have a lithium
ion battery with five times the capacity of today's commercial devices.
See A High-Performance
Polymer Tin Sulfur Lithium Ion Battery, Angewandte Chemie International
Edition, published online February 28, 2010.
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