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Researchers use single-atom catalyst, convert CO to CO2
March 5, 2018

By Siddharth Vodnala, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University and Tufts University have demonstrated for the first time that a single metal atom can act as a catalyst in converting carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, a chemical reaction that is commonly used in catalytic converters to remove harmful gases from car exhaust.

New water-splitting method could open path to hydrogen economy
February 1, 2018

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

catalyst nanofoam close upPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water — an important key to making clean energy more viable.

Alternative to wasteful methane flaring developed by WSU researchers
August 1, 2017

Bakken methane flareBy Eric Sorensen, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Jean-Sabin McEwen knocks out a Web search for “North Dakota,” “night sky” and “flaring,” and quickly finds a picture from space showing a glowing cluster bigger than Minneapolis. It’s from oil and gas fields burning off methane, producing as much greenhouse gas in a year as 1 million cars.

Researchers develop recycling for carbon fiber composites
May 1, 2017

carbon fiber composite PULLMAN, Wash. – A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry.

Research advances energy savings for oil, gas industries
February 27, 2017

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University research team has improved an important catalytic reaction commonly used in the oil and gas industries that could lead to dramatic energy savings and reduced pollution.

Better water splitting advances renewable energy conversion
October 25, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

catlyst-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently create hydrogen from water – an important key in making renewable energy production and storage viable.

Novel method creates important chemicals simply, cheaply
October 6, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Norbert-KrusePULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University research team has used a simple, common industrial process in a new way to create chemicals used widely as fuel additives and as feedstock for plasticizers, detergents, lubricants and cosmetics.

Researchers improve catalyst efficiency for clean industries
July 7, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Atom-trapping-of-PtO2-on-ceria-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers have developed a way to use less platinum in chemical reactions commonly used in the clean energy, green chemicals and automotive industries, according to a paper published this week in Science.

Researchers shed light on important catalyst structure
May 26, 2016

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

chemistry-coverPULLMAN, Wash. – Volkswagen’s disgrace last year for altering software to pass emissions tests highlighted a problem for the auto industry: People want vehicles that are both non-polluting and fuel efficient, but they are difficult to produce with current technologies.