Tag: Rice University

Rice University researchers use CO2 to produce formic acid

Rice University researchers use CO2 to produce formic acid

September 9, 2019 |

In Texas, a common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels. The catalytic reactor developed by a Rice University lab uses carbon dioxide as its feedstock and, in its latest prototype, produces highly purified and high concentrations of […]

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Rice University researchers say US biochar policy needs to be beefed up

Rice University researchers say US biochar policy needs to be beefed up

December 20, 2018 |

In Texas, researchers at Rice University evaluated the readiness level of current U.S. policies, programs and regulatory incentives regarding the benefits of biochar. The paper offers these policy recommendations: • Improve policies that allow for the monetization of environmental benefits and avoided costs • Recognize soil as a resource through national preservation policy • Develop a […]

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Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

April 21, 2015 |

In Texas, in one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorus from wastewater. The findings, which […]

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Rice University converts biodiesel waste into chemicals with nanoparticles

Rice University converts biodiesel waste into chemicals with nanoparticles

June 30, 2014 |

In Texas, Rice University chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, but even he was surprised at how well the particles converted biodiesel waste into valuable chemicals. Through dozens of studies, Wong’s team focused on using the tiny metallic specks to break […]

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Rice University researchers say ethanol carries hidden air pollution risks

Rice University researchers say ethanol carries hidden air pollution risks

December 16, 2013 |

In Texas, researchers at Rice University said that blending more ethanol into fuel to cut air pollution from vehicles carries a hidden risk that toxic or even explosive gases may find their way into buildings. Those problems would likely occur in buildings with cracked foundations that happen to be in the vicinity of fuel spills. […]

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Biochar quiets microbes, including some plant pathogens

Biochar quiets microbes, including some plant pathogens

October 7, 2013 |

In Texas, Rice University scientists have used synthetic biology to study how a popular soil amendment called “biochar” can interfere with the chemical signals that some microbes use to communicate. The class of compounds studied includes those used by some plant pathogens to coordinate their attacks. Study co-author Joff Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and […]

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Researchers develop process for light activated catalysis

Researchers develop process for light activated catalysis

December 20, 2012 |

In Texas, researchers at Rice University are turning light into heat at the point of need, on the nanoscale, to trigger biochemical reactions remotely on demand.  The Rice project led by postdoctoral fellow Matthew Blankschien and graduate student Lori Pretzer combines enzymes from thermophiles  with plasmonic gold nanoparticles that heat up when exposed to near-infrared […]

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