Tag: Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Using CO2 and water to create renewable ‘green’ methanol

Using CO2 and water to create renewable ‘green’ methanol

November 29, 2020 |

In Germany, chemists and engineers at Ruhr University Bochum and Creative Quantum are developing a chemical factory the size of a container that produces methanol from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energies in a highly efficient manner. In a few years, small and medium-sized companies as well as regional suppliers should be able to produce […]

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Controlled release of fertilizer thanks to biopolymer chips

Controlled release of fertilizer thanks to biopolymer chips

October 18, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are looking at the benefits of biopolymers for the targeted introduction of fertilizers into agricultural soils and to develop a method to encapsulate fertilizer and continuously introduce it into the soil. The capsule material forms a barrier to the environment and is intended to prevent a sudden release of […]

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Researchers design hydrogen-oxygen biofuel cell based on hydrogenase enzyme

Researchers design hydrogen-oxygen biofuel cell based on hydrogenase enzyme

August 30, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers at Ruhr-University Bochum, University of Utah and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion developed new techniques with which bacterial enzymes can be efficiently coupled to electrodes and designed a hydrogen-oxygen biofuel cell based on a hydrogenase enzyme. They also implemented a system for ammonia synthesis based on a nitrogenase enzyme. […]

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Researchers now know more about the catalyst for the production of methanol

Researchers now know more about the catalyst for the production of methanol

August 9, 2020 |

In Germany, a research team from the Ruhr University Bochum and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion showed for the first time that the zinc component of the active center is positively charged and that the catalyst even has two copper-based active centers, giving insight into methanol production. “The condition of the zinc […]

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Water molecule movements help understand energy landscape

Water molecule movements help understand energy landscape

April 26, 2020 |

In Germany, for the first time, scientists from Ruhr University Bochum were able to fully observe all movements between water molecules, the so-called intermolecular vibrations. The findings help, among other things, to better determine the energy landscape of the molecules and thus to better understand the strange properties of water. Of particular importance is a […]

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Mutation reduces energy waste in plants

Mutation reduces energy waste in plants

April 12, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum identified several thousand proteins, determined their respective amounts in mutant and reference lines and combined the results obtained with measurements of photosynthetic performance. They found that the combination of two mutations could help convert carbon dioxide into biomass by plants more efficiently. One of the mutations is characterized […]

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Researchers find new way to drive biocatalysis with plasmas

Researchers find new way to drive biocatalysis with plasmas

March 15, 2020 |

In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum developed a new method to drive catalytically active enzymes, using a process in which the starting material hydrogen peroxide is supplied to the biocatalysts in a controlled manner using plasma. A buffer layer protects the enzymes themselves from harmful components of the plasma. Using two model enzymes, […]

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Scientists uncover how cyanobacteria converts CO2 so efficiently

Scientists uncover how cyanobacteria converts CO2 so efficiently

February 9, 2020 |

In Germany, a research team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum revealed the secret of how cyanobacteria converts CO2 which makes it possible to use the information to improve the production of sustainable fuels for example. By analyzing the molecular structure of the complex using cryo-electron microscopy in combination with computer simulations and other biochemical experiments, the team […]

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Simplified process developed to create synthetic adipates, saving energy and costs

Simplified process developed to create synthetic adipates, saving energy and costs

January 11, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum found a way to develop simpler synthetic adipates which are required for the manufacturing of perfumes, lubricants and active pharmaceutical ingredients. So far, the reaction to produce adipates has only been possible using a complicated, multi-stage process. Now it only takes one step. Adipates are made from the […]

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New findings can help protect hydrogen-producing enzymes from harmful oxygen

New findings can help protect hydrogen-producing enzymes from harmful oxygen

November 10, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum found that certain enzymes, such as the hydrogen-producing hydrogenases, are unstable in the presence of oxygen and have clarified this at the atomic level. Using X-ray diffraction, they showed how certain iron atoms in the center of the enzyme change in the presence of oxygen, which gradually leads […]

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