Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Korea have shown how a process for the "carbonization" of wheat flour creates numerous tiny pores that capture carbon dioxide, representing a potential renewable technology to reduce the industrial emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Michigan State University chemist Milton Smith has been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Energy for renewable energy research. Smith’s research will focus on converting ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen gases, where the hydrogen gas could be used to fuel hydrogen-powered vehicles. If the hydrogen were to be produced from renewable resources like solar energy, ammonia would be a zero-carbon, renewable fuel whose only byproducts would be the nitrogen gas that is present in the atmosphere and water.
In a world first, a Dutch consortium showcased the first cosmetic container lids made from 100% bio-PET from residual waste fractions. According to the consortium, the successful production of the lids shows that biomass residues can be used as feedstock for the production of plastics and other bulk chemicals, promoting the decoupling of plastics production from fossil resources.
A veteran chemist, Lauren Heine of Northwest Green Chemistry, lays out the challenges and benefits of working for one of today’s nonprofit environmental organizations.
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