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Study with nanocatalyst advances biofuels production [Registered]

Using a special nanocatalyst, in which minute particles of gold dot the surface of titanium-oxide, researchers at the University of Virginia have succeeded in breaking the O-O bond of oxygen molecules and the C-O bond of acetic acid, a byproduct of biomass conversion that, when combined with hydrogen, forms ethanol. Because of its ability to split strongly bonded molecules, the gold titanium-oxide nanocatalyst is becoming a leading candidate for industrial applications that use biomass or fuel cells to create clean energy. “Metal nanoparticles supported on oxide surface are very popular because they have high activity towards a variety of reactions,…

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