Month: January 2019

A catalyst removing CO traces from hydrogen gas may accelerate introduction of hydrogen fuel-cell cars: University of Science and Technology of China

A team around Junling LU has developed a catalyst based on atomically dispersed iron hydroxide on Pt nanoparticles which allows to purify hydrogen fuel efficiently over a temperature range from -75 – +107 C. This PROX -catalyst (for preferential oxidation of CO in hydrogen) protects hydrogen fuel cells against CO poisoning during both frequent cold-starts and […]

8000 taxis in Italy accept payment of fares by Alipay

According to the report, the Italian taxi federation URI has accepted payment by Alipay, a subsidiary of the Alibaba group. Chinese customers who visit Italy can now pay in many cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence etc. by their mobile phones. According to a Nielsen market report, settlements by Chinese customers exceeded already cash settlement […]

CAS QIBEBT team prepares modified bacterial cellulose

A research team led by XIAN Mo and ZHANG Haibo from the CAS Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology has developed a new method for the preparation of modified bacterial cellulose. Using the microorganism Komagataeibacter sucrofermentans, they prepared a functionalized nanobacterial cellulose, modified with 6-carboxyfluorescein, using 6-carboxyfluorescein-modified glucose  as a substrate. The results keep promise that various substituents can be incorporated […]

CAS-led consortium scales hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) production to 2000 t/y

The group of ZHANG Jian at CAS Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, in collaboration with Zhejiang Sugar Energy Technology Co., have developed a green and economical technology to produce HMF from fructose. Both catalyst and solvent were recycled at a scale of 2,000 t/a of HMF. To speed up the industrialization process, the team also […]

Chinese researchers address biosecurity related to the belt-and-road initiative (BRI)

In a review in Currrent Biology published on January 24, researchers around LI Yiming of CAS Institute of Zoology discuss evidence that economic corridors between core cities and key ports along traditional international transport routes may also lead to the introduction of invasive species into new areas which may threaten native species and biodiversity. According to […]

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