Ikea and Neste to Partner on Production of Sustainable and Bio-based Polymers

September 7, 2016 | Plastics Today

Neste, a company from Finland that specializes in oil refining and renewable solutions, and Ikea of Sweden have announced a joint initiative to develop and produce renewable, bio-based plastic materials. They would like to release their first proof-of-concept during 2017.

 

Beckham, Gong, and Sneddon are First Winners of the ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering Lectureship Award

September 6, 2016 | ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

The awards, which recognize early career investigators’ research contributions to green chemistry, green engineering, and sustainability in the chemical enterprise, were given to Dr. Gregg Beckham of NREL, Prof. Jinlong Gong of Tianjian University, and Dr. Helen Sneddon of GlaxoSmithKline.

 

University of Alberta Receives Grant to Fund Big-Picture Research on Energy’s Futureroundup.jpg

September 6, 2016 | Edmonton Journal

The University of Alberta received funding from the Canada First Excellence Research Fund for the Future Energy Systems Research Institute. The institute will bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to work together on a holistic approach to reduce the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and develop low-carbon energy strategies.

 

Superatom Crystals of Fullerenes May Have Potential in Sustainable Energy Generation and Storage

September 6, 2016 | EurekAlert

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Columbia University found that superatom crystals of fullerenes have distinct thermal conductivity properties that are related to the crystals’ rotational disorder. They believe they could one day make up a new material that could change from being a thermal conductor to an insulator, acting as a kind of thermal switch.

 

New Catalyst for Renewable Energy Production Requires Less Iridium

September 2, 2016 | Phys.org

Researchers at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a new catalyst, a thin film of iridium oxide layered on top of strontium iridium oxide. This new catalyst is 100 times faster, works better as time goes on, and is more stable under acidic conditions than other similar catalysts.

 

New Fabric a Creative Substitute for Air Conditioning

September 2, 2016 | Cosmos

A new kind of fabric, which reflects sunlight from the body and allows for heat radiating from our skin to escape, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University. The researchers hope that the material can be developed commercially, eventually helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Boston University Incorporates Sustainability Ambassadors into Orientation

September 2, 2016 | BU Today

Sustainability ambassadors were a new addition to Boston University’s freshman orientation this year. They provided an engaging way for new students and their families to learn about the sustainability initiatives at the university.

 

Clean Energy from Enzymes?

September 1, 2016 | Science Daily

Hydrogenases are a group of enzymes that produce and split hydrogen, and thus have potential in the search for sustainable energy. Oxygen degrades their active sites, so a team of researchers set out to understand the mechanism of hydrogenases better in hopes to find a way to avoid this drawback.

 

 

 

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