U Maryland and US Army Research Lab furthering “water-in-salt” electrolyte Li-ion battery; targeting EV use

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University of Maryland (UMD) and US Army Research Lab (ARL) researchers are spearheading a public-private sector collaboration to further develop a lithium-ion battery that would be safer to operate and less costly to dispose of than those currently available on the market. The water-in-salt electrolyte idea was derived from the high concentration salt use in organic electrolytes for traditional lithium batteries.

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Dept. of Interior to auction nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for wind energy development

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The US Department of the Interior (DOI) will offer nearly 80,000 acres offshore Maryland for commercial wind energy development in a 19 August 2014 competitive lease sale. Offshore Maryland lease areas. Competitive lease sales have generated more than $5 million in high bids for more than 277,500 acres in federal waters. Sixteen companies have qualified to participate in the auction for the Maryland Wind Energy Area. Bluewater Wind Maryland, LLC.

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Maryland, DOE and Daimler Trucks North America begin deployment of 143 heavy-duty hybrid electric and hybrid hydraulic trucks

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The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has launched the deployment of 143 heavy-duty Freightliner hybrid electric and Freightliner Custom Chassis hybrid hydraulic trucks under the Maryland Hybrid Truck Initiative ( MHTI ).

Univ. of Maryland researchers using modified Tobacco Mosaic Virus as template for Li-ion electrodes

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These biomimetic structures can be used for basic scientific studies as well as the development of novel water-repellent surfaces and micro/nano scale heat pipes. Funding for the research comes from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, and the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland.

Univ. of Maryland team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion batteries; targeting grid storage

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A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization. Wood fibers, the authors note, are tracheids—hollow elongated cells that transport water and mineral salts.

Greenius Will Meet With Al Gore To Talk Climate Reality

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We may well be as doomed as doomed can be already – as I frequently tell my friends that we are, and the “ Hell and High Water ” may already have arrived earlier then even Joe Romm’s dire predictions, but I’m not quite ready to cash in my chips and give up the ghost. EcoMedia President and Founder, Paul Polizzotto (far right) at the Maryland Zoo Giraffe House on Wednesday, July 25 for ribbon cutting event celebrating new LED lighting retrofit.

UMD/USARL team develops “water-in-salt” electrolyte enabling high-voltage aqueous Li-ion chemistries

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A team of researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have devised a groundbreaking highly concentrated “Water-in-Salt” electrolyte that could provide power, efficiency and longevity comparable to today’s Lithium-ion batteries, but without the fire risk, poisonous chemicals and environmental hazards of current lithium batteries. extends this idea to the case of the solvent, water.

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Obama and Trudeau put majority of US and Canadian Arctic water off-limits to offshore oil and gas leasing

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US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau jointly announced sweeping restrictions to offshore oil and gas leasing in the US and Canadian Arctic waters. Obama designated the vast majority of US waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely off limits to offshore oil and gas leasing. million acres, stretching from Massachusetts to Maryland. It’s uncharted waters.”.

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When You See Something, Say Something: Climate Emergency Alarm Bells Ringing While Local Electeds Pretend Not To Hear

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If that report didn’t motivate you, the following month the US Climate Assessment, produced by 13 different United States federal agencies, detailed the hell and high water headed our way. So did Hoboken, New Jersey; New Britain, Connecticut; and Montgomery County, Maryland here in the USA. According to the Homeland Security Department the biggest lesson of the 9-11 terrorist attacks was. “ If you see something, say something.”.

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Satellite study shows drought-stricken Colorado River Basin states depleting their groundwater

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A new satellite study finds more than 75% of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. The Colorado River Basin (black outline) supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. Major cities outside the basin (red shading) also use water from the Colorado River.

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New halogen conversion-intercalation chemistry enables high-energy density aqueous Li-ion battery

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A team of researchers led by a group from the University of Maryland has. The use of ‘water-in-salt’ electrolytes has considerably expanded the electrochemical window of aqueous lithium-ion batteries to 3 to 4 volts, making it possible to couple high-voltage cathodes with low-potential graphite anodes.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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University of Maryland - College Park. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.

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ARPA-E awarding $33M to 10 projects for natural gas pipeline retrofitting: REPAIR

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The GE team, including Warren Environmental and Garver, will develop and integrate a highly dexterous long-range pipe crawling (robotic) system, high-speed non-destructive evaluation technologies, and advanced spray-on thick-coating epoxy lining systems that achieve results in the water and wastewater domains. University of Maryland.

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ABS provides first approval in principle for floating Rankine cycle renewable energy plant

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Developed by OTEC International (OTI) LLC of Baltimore, Maryland, the approach converts liquid ammonia into gas in a heat exchanger using warm ocean surface water. The ammonia is condensed back into a liquid phase using cold ocean water pumped from 3,000 feet below the water’s surface and the process begins again.

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ElectraTherm and Navy to demonstrate shipboard waste heat recovery

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The demonstration will take place at the USNA in Annapolis, Maryland to prove the potential for waste heat recovery onboard ships. Hot water is the only fuel consumed by the Power+. ElectraTherm, a leader in distributed, waste heat to power generation, is working with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Creare, and the US Naval Academy (USNA) to demonstrate gas turbine waste heat recovery as part of a Small Business Innovation Research project.

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Researchers predict average Gulf of Mexico hypoxic “dead zone” slightly above-average in Chesapeake Bay

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Because of the shallow nature of large areas of the estuary the focus is on water volume or cubic miles, instead of square mileage as used in the Gulf. The Chesapeake Bay prediction is based on models developed by NOAA­-sponsored researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Michigan, and again relies on nutrient loading estimates from USGS. Later this year, researchers will measure oxygen levels in both bodies of water.

2014 78

ARAMARK Adds 50 Hybrids to National Fleet

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A grant, awarded by the US Department of Energy’s Maryland Clean Cities Program and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will allow ARAMARK to accelerate this program. The company has developed programs that support environmental compliance; conserve natural resources, including water, gas and electricity; and promote the formulation and use of a biodegradable laundry detergent. ARAMARK Uniform Services will enhance .

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ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

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The University of Houston (UH) will develop a battery using a novel water-based, lithium-ion chemistry that makes use of sustainable, low-cost, high-energy, organic materials. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will develop a new water-based metal hydride-air battery. University of Maryland. The University of Maryland (UMD) will use water-based magnesium and hydrogen chemistries to improve the energy density and reduce the cost of an electric vehicle battery.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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ARPA-E’s ARID program will fund transformative new power plant cooling technologies that enable high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere. If successful, these new cooling technologies could significantly reduce water usage at thermoelectric plants without sacrificing a plant’s performance or increasing its cooling costs. Condensing Flue Gas Water Vapor for Cool Storage. University of Maryland.

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Aemetis receives EPA approval and EU ISCC certification for distilled biodiesel

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esters and nearly no monoglycerides, water or other contaminants. Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. California-based Aemetis, Inc.

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ARPA-E announces $98M in funding for 40 OPEN projects; two opposed-piston engines projects receive $10M total

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is developing a metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell (MS-SOFC) stack that produces electricity from an ethanol-water blend at high efficiency to enable light-duty hybrid passenger vehicles. The team will adapt these MS- SOFCs to handle liquid ethanol-water fuel directly, while maintaining their high performance and durability, and will tackle challenges around assembly of cells into stacks to increase power output. University of Maryland.

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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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Member Institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, North Carolina State University, University of Texas at Austin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Maryland, Georgia Institute of Technology. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI) Research Board announced that eight Research Consortia will be funded for the next three years with a total of $112.5

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PNNL-led international study finds ultrafine aerosols have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation

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The additional condensate adds to both the warm rain and supercooled cloud water; when freezing occurs aloft, this addition further enhances convection (i.e., Similar but larger particles are known to play a role in feeding powerful, fast-moving updrafts of air from the land surface to the atmosphere, creating the clouds that play a central role in the formation of water droplets that fall as rain. Ultrafine aerosols—minute particles from urban (e.g.,

2018 76

USGS’ first assessment of shale gas resources in the Utica Shale: 38 trillion cubic feet

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The Utica Shale assessment covered areas in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. USGS is the only provider of publicly available estimates of undiscovered technically recoverable oil and gas resources of onshore lands and offshore state waters.

2012 85

NREL-led team overcomes major technical obstacle in Mg-metal batteries by developing artificial solid-electrolyte interphase

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The artificial interphase enables the reversible cycling of a Mg/V 2 O 5 full-cell in the water-containing, carbonate-based electrolyte. The elastic and Mg 2+ -conducting but electronic-insulating polymeric interphase on the surface of Mg metal can effectively prevent the electrochemical reduction of the electrolytes and the water therein, while still allowing Mg 2+ to migrate (ionic conductivity 1.19 × 10 ?6

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Chromatin signs multi-year agreement with Aemetis to supply locally-grown sorghum for ethanol production

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Growers have praised sorghum as an easy substitute for corn because it is easy to grow, uses less fertilizer and water and is tolerant to both heat and drought conditions. Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents and four licensed patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. Chromatin, Inc. and Aemetis, Inc.,

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Aemetis expands license agreement with Chevron Lummus Global for renewable jet and diesel fuel technology

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The Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process includes patented Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) reactor technology, developed by Applied Research Associates (ARA), which utilizes water as a catalyst to quickly and inexpensively convert plant and algal oils into stable intermediate oil products, which are very similar to petroleum crude oil. Aemetis, Inc.,

DOE selects Babcock & Wilcox for Small Modular Reactor program

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The project will be based in Tennessee and will support additional suppliers and operations in Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The B&W mPower reactor design is a scalable, modular, Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) system (optimized ALWR Generation III++) in which the nuclear core and steam generators are contained within a single vessel. The B&W mPower reactor integrates the nuclear core and steam generators in a single vessel. Source: B&W.

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Nissan developing electric vehicles powered by ethanol-fueled solid oxide fuel cells; commercialization in 2020

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The new e-Bio Fuel Cell system—a world-first for automotive use—features an an SOFC stack and an on-board reformer to convert 100% ethanol or ethanol-blended water (55% water, 45% ethanol) to hydrogen. The e-Bio Fuel Cell system can be run 24x7; features a quiet drive and short refueling time; is versatile, with ample power supply to support refrigerated delivery services; and will have running costs equivalent to that of EVs when using ethanol-water blends.

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Study finds increased air pollution can worsen both drought and flooding

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The findings have implications for the availability, management and use of water resources in regions around the world, say the researchers. Zhanqing Li (lead author), Feng Niu and Yanni Ding of the University of Maryland; Jiwen Fan of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Yangang Liu of Brookhaven National Laboratory; and Prof. Aerosols affect cloud microphysics because they serve as nuclei around which water droplets or ice particles form.

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Ricardo-led technology demonstrator delivers 72% improved fuel economy over regular Humvee

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For the last 19 months, it has been undergoing testing at the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and other locations. Fuel is the second-most delivered commodity to ground troops, right behind water. Ricardo-TARDEC FED. Click to enlarge.

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EPA Awards $16.8M in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks

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The greatest potential hazard from a leaking underground storage tank is that the petroleum or other hazardous substances seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly one-third of all Americans. 3,712,000 to Maryland. The US Environmental Protection Agency announced another $16.8 million in Recovery Act Funds for four states and the District of Columbia to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks.

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VIMS Collaborates with StatoilHydro on Algae Biofuel Project

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Other key partners are the Williamsburg energy advisory firm Blackrock Energy, the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Arkansas, and HydroMentia, a Florida company that works with water-treatment technologies. A test site has been operating at VIMS, using brackish York River water, and a second test station is planned for Lake Matoaka on the William & Mary campus.

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GLBRC research review concludes cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly

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Phil Robertson, University Distinguished Professor of Ecosystem Science at Michigan State University and lead author on the study and GLBRC colleagues from MSU, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland drew on ten years of empirical research to identify the emerging principles for managing the complex environmental tradeoffs of cellulosic biofuel.

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Laser-burned graphene could replace platinum as fuel cell catalyst

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Further doping of the material with sulfur allowed for hydrogen evolution, another catalytic process that converts water into hydrogen. Rice graduate student Ruquan Ye and Rice alumnus Zhiwei Peng, now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, are lead authors of the paper. Researchers at the Tour Lab at Rice University developed an improved cost-effective approach using direct laser scribing to prepare graphene embedded with various types of metallic nanoparticles.

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Study finds pollution strengthens thunderclouds, warming the atmosphere

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Pollution warms the atmosphere through summer thunderstorm clouds, according to a computational study by a team of researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the University of Maryland published in Geophysical Research Letters. Higher up, water vapor cools and condenses onto the aerosols to form droplets, building the cloud.

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Consolidated bioprocessing company Aemetis licenses plant oil hydroprocessing technology from Chevron Lummus Global for renewable jet and diesel

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CH utilizes water to reduce hydrogen and catalyst consumption and quickly and inexpensively converts plant oils into stable intermediate oil products which are very similar to petroleum crude oil. a Maryland-based industrial biotechnology company developing products for the renewable chemicals and advanced fuels industries. Outline of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process. Source: ARA. Click to enlarge. Aemetis, Inc.,

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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The project will overcome challenges associated with the high-temperature activation of methane by employing a novel photocatalytic methane activation step that takes place at a gas-water interface such that methanol can be formed at room temperature. The process also includes a novel reversible fuel cell design concept capable of delivering either potable water or electricity as co-products. The US.

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DOE to award ~$13.5M to 16 R&D projects for solid-oxide fuel cell technologies

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SOFC technologies enable efficient, cost-effective electricity generation from abundant domestic coal and natural gas resources, with minimal use of water and near-zero atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and pollutants. University of Maryland researchers will develop novel surface modification approaches to enhance the stability and performance of SOFC electrodes (cathode and anode) by controlling the surface stoichiometry of metal oxides.

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Study casting doubt on GHG benefits of corn stover ethanol draws sharp criticism by other researchers; Liska responds

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César Izaurralde from The Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, University of Maryland and Texas A&M; William P. Parton from Colorado State University; and Xuesong Zhang from the Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Maryland. These findings diverge sharply from predictions made by process-based SOC models that also incorporate soil texture and water content to resolve SOC changes with crop management.

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BOEMRE awards $5.6M for Arctic environmental study to inform decision-making on potential energy development in the Chukchi Sea; $500K for study on ice fracturing

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Ongoing studies have highlighted Hanna Shoal as an important biological ecosystem between the Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean waters. His team will include researchers from the Florida Institute of Technology, Old Dominion University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Maryland, the University of Rhode Island, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Newly identified enzyme from hyperthermophilic archaea could assist cellulosic biofuels production

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Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine have characterized a new cellulase (cellulose-digesting enzyme) that has optimal activity at 109 °C, a half-life of 5 h at 100 °C, and resists denaturation in strong detergents, high-salt concentrations, and ionic liquids.

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JCESR team identifies new mechanism hampering Mg-ion batteries; unforeseen reactivity

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If free-floating hydroxide ions—molecules containing a single oxygen atom bound to a hydrogen atom that can be formed as trace amounts of water react with the magnesium metal—meet these surface-bound molecules, they will react. Rechargeable magnesium batteries are of great interest as potential “beyond Li-ion” systems for extended electric vehicle range. Because magnesium is divalent, it can displace double the charge per ion (i.e., Mg 2+ rather than Li + ).

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