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Green Chemistry News Roundup: September 24-30, 2016

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New Fabric to Harness Energy from the Sun and the Wind
newsroundup.pngSeptember 27, 2016 | The Engineer

Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a new fabric that combines solar cells with triboelectric nanogenerators. These nanogenerators have the capability to harvest power from physical motion, such as that which results from the wind blowing.

Tunable Chitin Films Developed from an Ionic Liquid Process

September 26, 2016 | Green Chemistry

Films with tunable properties made from chitin, one of the world’s most abundant polymers, have been developed through a collaboration of researchers in Alabama and Canada. The researchers believe these renewables-based films will have applications in packaging materials, biomedical devices, and absorbent materials.

Minimizing Waste in a Sonogashira Cross-Coupling Reaction

September 23, 2016 | ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Researchers in Europe have developed a copper-free, heterogeneous catalytic system for the palladium-catalyzed Sonogashira cross-coupling reaction. The palladium catalyst is attached to a silica and polystyrene support, which avoids leaching of the metal into the product.

A Step Closer to Using Alane in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

September 23, 2016 |

A more energy-efficient and less expensive method of producing alane, or aluminum trihydride, has been discovered by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory along with other partners. While the technology is not ready for commercialization, it serves as a proof of concept that alane can be produced without tremendously high pressures of hydrogen gas.