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New Material May Aid in Destruction of Chemical Weapons
March 17, 2015 A team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota, working together as part of the NMGC, have made a significant breakthrough with a new material that is robust and effective at destroying toxic nerve agents, as recently reported in Nature Materials.
New Adsorbents May Mitigate Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere
March 11, 2015 Researchers in the University of Minnesota-based Nanoporous Materials Genome Center (NMGC) have made some breakthroughs in their investigation into more efficient gas separation technologies such as those based on advanced solid adsorbents. A joint study between the University of Minnesota and University of California, Berkeley, has shown that diamine-appended metal-organic frameworks can behave as phase-change adsorbents, with unusual step-shaped carbon dioxide adsorption isotherms that shift markedly with temperature. This study has been featured in Nature.
Researchers Identify Materials to Improve Biofuel and Petroleum Processing
January 26, 2015 Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota and Rice University has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries. The University of Minnesota has two patents pending on the research and hopes to license these technologies. The study was published in the research journal Nature Communications. Read more or go to article.
Pictured left: Peng Bai, Graduate Student and first author
This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences under Award DE-FG02-12ER16362.
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U of MN Professor Michael Tsapatsis Elected to National Academy of Engineering
|February 6, 2015 Professor Michael Tsapatsis has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Tsapatsis received the honor for design and synthesis of specialized nanomaterials, called zeolites, that are used for selective separation and reaction. His research group’s accomplishments include development of unique molecular sieves and membranes that are used to increase efficiencies in the chemical and petroleum processing industries. Read more.|
Chemists Turn Key to New Energy Future
Pictured above: Laura Gagliardi and Don Truhlar
|June 27, 2014 Chemists turn key to new energy future. U chemists explain new reaction, demonstrating how quantum mechanics can help design more energy-efficient catalysts.U chemistry professors Laura Gagliardi and Don Truhlar, along with U graduate students and colleagues at UC Berkeley, took up this challenge by starting with the simpler but closely related problem of how to convert ethane—a two-carbon molecule—into ethanol at room temperature and pressure. In short, Berkeley built a catalyst and the U researchers used advanced computations to explain how it worked. Read more.|