Advent Technologies to collaborate with Los Alamos, UT Austin, RPI, UNM and Toyota in the development of next-generation HT-PEM fuel cell technology

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UT Austin team proposes novel approach to suppress polysulfide shuttle in Li-S batteries

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are proposing a novel approach to suppress the “polysulfide shuttle” in Li-S batteries—a freestanding, three-dimensional graphene/1T MoS 2 (3DG/TM) heterostructure with highly efficient electrocatalysis for lithium polysulfides (LiPSs).

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ExxonMobil invests $15M in University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute; renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling

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ExxonMobil will invest $15 million as a leadership member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts and the risk of climate change. Research projects are expected to cover a range of emerging technologies, and will take advantage of the university’s capabilities in renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling.

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UT Austin researcher awarded $15M for switchgrass traits studies

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A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin will receive two grants totaling $15 million to study switchgrass ( Panicum virgatum ), with a focus on how it can become a sustainable source of bioenergy. Tom Juenger, a professor of integrative biology, will lead scientists from multiple institutions—including federal agencies, universities and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology—on two projects researching switchgrass.

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University of Texas at Austin study measuring methane emissions released from natural gas production

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A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin, and including engineering and environmental testing firms URS and Aerodyne Research, is conducting a major field study to measure methane emissions from natural gas production, about which little empirical data exist. He has submitted a disclosure of outside interest to The University of Texas at Austin in accordance with its conflict of interest policies.).

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Austin study teases out changes in behavior in wake of suspension of Uber and Lyft service

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Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Columbia University surveyed more than 1,200 people in Austin, Texas, to examine how their habits changed after Uber and Lyft pulled drivers out of the city due to a local law change. In May 2016, Austin voters blocked a ballot measure that would have allowed the companies to keep using their own background-check systems.

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UT Austin team identifies promising new cathode material for sodium-ion batteries: eldfellite

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Professor John Goodenough, the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, and his team at the University of Texas at Austin have identified a new cathode material made of the nontoxic and inexpensive mineral eldfellite (NaFe(SO 4 ) 2 ), presenting a significant advancement in the quest for a commercially viable sodium-ion battery. The UT Austin cathode achieved a specific capacity that is only about two-thirds of that of commercial lithium-ion batteries.

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UT Austin team uses polypyrrole-MnO2 coaxial nanotubes as sulfur host to improve performance of Li?sulfur battery

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a novel electrode for lithium-sulfur batteries that improves cyclic stability and rate capability significantly. In a paper published in the ACS journal Nano Letters , they report using polypyrrole-MnO 2 coaxial nanotubes to encapsulate sulfur. MnO 2 restrains the shuttle effect of polysulfides greatly through chemisorption and the polypyrrole serves as conductive frameworks.

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UT Austin team develops new family of high-capacity anode materials: Interdigitated Eutectic Alloys

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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a new family of anode materials that can double the charge capacity of lithium-ion battery anodes.

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U Texas at Austin researchers rewire yeast for high lipid generation; 60x improvement over parent strains

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have rewired the native metabolism of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica for superior production of lipids (lipogenesis). The research has resulted in a technology for which UT Austin has applied for a patent. However, these alternative platforms do not always produce lipids directly from sugar as the UT Austin technology does.

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Shell partners with UT Austin to pursue new solutions to unlock gas resources

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Shell and The University of Texas at Austin signed a five-year agreement to invest $7.5 In addition to top-ranking geology and petroleum engineering programs, the university has dedicated centers working in energy law, economics, finance and energy and environmental policy. million to address short- and long-term challenges facing the growing worldwide unconventional oil and gas industry. Shale gas is abundant, widely used, and a growing source of energy in the United States.

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UT Austin team devises new strategy for safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable Na or Li batteries suited for EVs

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, including Prof. John Goodenough, known around the world for his pioneering work that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, have devised a new strategy for a safe, low-cost, all-solid-state rechargeable sodium or lithium battery cell that has the required energy density and cycle life for a battery that powers an all-electric road vehicle.

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UT Austin team demonstrates new approach to lithium sulfide cathodes for Li-S batteries

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, led by Professor Arumugam Manthiram, have demonstrated that lithiated graphite can serve as a lithium donor in lithium-deficient cathodes used, for example, in high energy density lithium-sulfur chemistry batteries. Schematic showing the chemical reduction reaction of one Li 2 S 6 molecule by lithium to form six Li 2 S molecules, involving the diffusion/driving of lithium out of the graphene layers in the graphite.

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UT Austin researchers successfully spoof yacht at sea with false GPS signals

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A radio navigation research team from The University of Texas at Austin successfully coerced a 213-foot yacht off its course, using a GPS spoofing device. Chandra Bhat, director of the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Texas at Austin, believes that the experiment highlights the vulnerability of the transportation sector to such attacks.

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UT Austin team and partners report on extensive measurements of methane emissions during natural gas production

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Source: UT Austin. A new study from The University of Texas at Austin, published as an open access paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports on extensive measurements of methane emissions—including the first measurements for methane emissions taken directly at the well pad—during completion operations for hydraulically fractured wells (“fracked”).

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UT Austin researchers significantly boost yield and speed of lipids production from engineered yeast; more efficient biofuel production

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Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new strain of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica featuring significantly enhanced lipids production that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process. In earlier work, the UT Austin team had already enhanced lipogenesis titers in Y.

2015 190

UT Austin team achieves best reported full-cell hybrid Li-air battery cycling with new ordered catalyst

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A team from the University of Texas at Austin led by Professor John Goodenough has achieved significantly enhanced activity and durability for the oxygen reduction reaction under alkaline conditions in a hybrid Li-Air battery using a new ordered Pd 3 Fe/C catalyst. Cycling performance of the hybrid Li− air batteries with (top) ordered Pd 3 Fe/C air electrode and (bottom) conventional Pt/C air electrode. Credit: ACS, Cui et al. Click to enlarge.

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UT Austin study finds no direct connection of hydraulic fracturing to reports of groundwater contamination

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Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination, based on evidence reviewed in a study released by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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ORNL, UT Austin team proposes optimization framework for hybrids; balancing fuel consumption, motor efficiency, battery capacity and life

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an optimization framework for hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs and PHEVs) including fuel consumption, motor efficiency, and battery capacity and lifetime. Sample output.

2014 183

U Texas Austin team finds P2S5 electrolyte additive enables use of Li2S bulk particles for high-capacity cathodes in lithium-sulfur batteries; ~800 mAh/g

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, led by Prof. Arumugam Manthiram, have found that using phosphorus pentasulfide (P 2 S 5 ) as an electrolyte additive. enables the direct use of commercially available bulk Li 2 S particles as high-capacity cathode materials for rechargeable Li?S S batteries, without intricate synthesis or application of a high charging cut-off voltage that deteriorates the electrolyte stability and safety.

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UT Austin poll finds majority support development of natural gas and renewables; declining support for environmental issues

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The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll has found that US consumers strongly support increased production of energy from domestic sources, particularly natural gas and renewables. The University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll reflects the views of 2,371 Americans surveyed during 5-16 March 2012.

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UT Austin team synthesizes molybdenum-antimony composite material for Li-ion anode; 3x the volumetric capacity of a graphite anode with better safety, but poor cycle life

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin report the synthesis of a molybdenum-antimony composite (Mo 3 Sb 7 –C) for use as anode material for a lithium-ion battery in a paper in the ACS Journal of Physical Chemistry C. With a discharge capacity of 518 mAh/g and 907 mAh/cm 3 and a tap density of 1.75 g/cm 3 for the composite, the Mo3Sb7–C composite anodes offer three times higher volumetric capacity than the graphite anode.

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Statoil signs US$5M partnership agreement with University of Texas

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International energy company Statoil and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have signed an Energy Partnership agreement providing the university with an annual funding of US$1 million for 5 years. The agreement is Statoil’s largest of its kind outside Norway, and UT has been chosen as the company’s pilot university in the United States.

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Hydro-Québec to commercialize patents co-invented by Goodenough and Braga for electrolyte for solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Hydro-Québec and The University of Texas at Austin signed an agreement for the transfer to Hydro-Québec of patents co-invented by Dr. John B. Goodenough, a professor at The University of Texas at Austin and the 2019 Nobel Laureate in chemistry and Dr. Maria Helena Braga, an associate professor at the University of Porto, Portugal.

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University of Texas and Oak Ridge Lab teaming to bid for DOE Batteries and Energy Storage Energy Innovation Hub

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The University of Texas is teaming with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in a joint bid for the newly announced US Department of Energy (DOE) Batteries and Energy Storage Energy Innovation Hub. It would make UT-Austin an energy university and the City of Austin an energy city. Statesman.

2012 183

A123 Systems, Hydro-Quebec, and the University of Texas settle lithium metal phosphate battery chemistry patent dispute

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A123 Systems, Hydro Québec, and the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, on behalf of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have settled their patent disputes regarding lithium metal phosphate technologies, entering into a Settlement Agreement and related Patent Sublicense Agreement that will resolve the existing litigations and create licenses going forward.

2011 183

DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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The US Department of Energy has selected ten projects at nine universities for funding under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. The selected projects include: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex. University of California-Irvine, Irvine, Calif. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

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H2@Scale project launched in Texas; renewable hydrogen for multiple end-use applications

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in close collaboration with GTI and The University of Texas at Austin, has launched a US Department of Energy project, Demonstration and Framework for H2@Scale in Texas and Beyond. Frontier Energy, Inc.,

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SK to develop next-gen Li metal battery technology with Nobel Laureate John Goodenough

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SK Innovation will develop next-generation battery technology with University of Texas at Austin Professor John Goodenough, who was awarded a 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his foundational work on the lithium-ion battery.

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DOE Awarding More Than $3.3M to 7 Universities To Conduct Advanced Turbine Technology Studies for Advanced Coal-Based Power Generation

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million to 7 universities to conduct advanced turbine technology studies under the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program. The UTSR program uses university research to advance fundamental turbine technology development, support industry by providing cutting edge experimental research and modeling tools that address important technical challenges, and provide US students with practical training in gas turbine technologies.

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Elon Musk makes good on Tesla’s promise to bring thousands of middle-skilled jobs to Texas

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Later that year, in November, panelists from the second annual East Austin Growth Summit estimated that Tesla Giga Texas could bring closer to 15,000 jobs into the Lone Star State. .

Stanford scientists identify new Li-B-S solid electrolyte materials that boost lithium-ion battery performance

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Stanford University scientists have identified a new solid-state Li-ion electrolyte predicted to exhibit simultaneously fast ionic conductivity, wide electrochemical stability, low cost, and low mass density. —Austin Sendek. —Austin Sendek. —Austin Sendek.

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Battery500 project has achieved 350 Wh/kg and more than 350 cycles

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The Battery500 team is composed of world-class scientists and engineers from four National Laboratories and five universities. EV battery costs have declined significantly over the past ten years, from more than $1,000 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to less than $200/kWh.

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Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

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Cities and regions across Texas are partnering with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to form the Texas Automated Vehicle (AV) Proving Ground Partnership.

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 awarded to developers of Li-ion battery

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Goodenough, The University of Texas at Austin; M. Stanley Whittingham, Binghamton University, State University of New York; and Akira Yoshino, Asahi Kasei Corporation, for the development of lithium-ion batteries. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B. The foundation of the lithium-ion battery was laid during the oil crisis in the 1970s.

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Early-stage renewable fuels and chemicals developer Dorsan joins ATI-Clean Energy Incubator

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an early-stage biotechnology company developing drop-in fuels and chemical products, has joined the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), a not-for-profit unit of The University of Texas at Austin. ATI is a key program of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. Dorsan Biofuels , Inc.,

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NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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The NNCI sites will provide researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. These 16 sites are located in 15 states and involve 27 universities across the nation. San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure, University of California, San Diego, PI: Yu-Hwa Lo.

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DOE awarding more than $50M to 15 projects to advance critical material innovations

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Phinix,LLC; Rare Earth Element Separation Using Gas-Assisted Micro-Flow Extraction with Task-Specific Ionic Liquids Partners: NICHE Industrial Chemicals, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University DOE share:$500,000; Cost share $225,000; Total costs: $725,000. University of Virginia; Development of Industrial Scale Rare Earth Master Alloys from Their Native Oxides for Magnet Production Partners: Ames Laboratory DOE share: $500,000; Cost share: $125,000: Total costs: $625,000.

NSF awards $2M to Rice U collaboration to explore direct conversion of CO2 into fuels

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Rice University engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2-million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how waste carbon dioxide can be converted directly into pure liquid fuels using CO 2 capture, polymer engineering, DFT simulation and solid electrolyte reactor technologies.

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New cobalt-free high-voltage spinel cathode material with high areal capacity

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Researchers from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Texas at Austin, with colleagues at the US Army Research Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, have developed a thick cobalt-free high voltage spinel (LiNi 0.5

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UH, Toyota researchers develop new cathode and electrolyte for high-power Mg battery rivaling Li-ion

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Researchers from the University of Houston and the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) report in Nature Energy that they have developed a new cathode and electrolyte—previously the limiting factors for a high-energy magnesium battery—to demonstrate a magnesium battery capable of operating at room temperature and delivering a power density comparable to that offered by lithium-ion batteries. Lebens-Higgins also is affiliated with the Binghamton University.

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$112.5M awarded to research consortia studying effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico

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The Research Consortia funded are: Lead Institution: The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute. Member Institutions: The Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, SINTEF Norway, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Research Applied Technology Education Services (Rates)/Coastal Oil Spill Simulation System (COSS). Lead Institution: Texas A&M University at College Station.

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Brookhaven Lab to focus on characterizing composite solid electrolytes and sulfur cathodes in Battery500 project

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Binghamton University (State University of New York). Stanford University. University of California, San Diego. University of Texas at Austin. University of Washington.

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