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  • 09

    10 2022

    New Strategies to Accelerate Application of Lithium-rich Mn-based Cathode

    The Solid Energy System Technology Center led by Prof. CUI Guanglei from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has made important progress in revealing heterogeneous Li+ transport dynamics and regulating anion oxygen stability of LRMO cathode materials. Their findings were published on Aug. 5 in Angewandte Chemie International Edition and Sep. 13 in Advanced Energy Materials, respectively.
      Lithium-rich Mn-based oxide (LRMO) is one of the next generation cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), which is expected to exceed high energy density of 550 Wh kg-1.
      However, the redox reaction of anionic oxygen (O2-) is sl...

  • 01

    10 2022

    Marine Phytoplankton Gets By with a Little Help from Its Bacteria Friends

    A research team from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), have found that Synechococcus and the bacteria that feed on them may have an inherent tendency toward mutualism and will undergo significant changes to encourage each other’s survival. A phytoplankton almost as old as Earth — about 3 billion years compared to the planet’s 4.5 billion years — still holds secrets, including how it can survive starvation in the most nutrient-deficient oceans. Synechococcus is the most geographic...

  • 26

    09 2022

    Industrial Microorganism Uptakes Sugars Differently

    With the help of genetic manipulation and advanced biophysical tools, an international research team has gained unexpected insight into how a bacterium uptakes sugars derived from plant feedstock. Sugar uptake mechanism understanding may have implications for biorefineries.
      With the help of genetic manipulation and advanced biophysical tools, an international research team has gained unexpected insight into how a bacterium uptakes sugar...

  • 22

    09 2022

    New Study Reveals How E. coli Cells Evade Antibacterial Treatment

    The formation of persisters is an important feature of bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli). These noxious cells, being able to go dormant, are highly resistant to antimicrobial treatments and crucially account for various relapsing chronic infections with common symptoms such as severe stomach pain, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Formation of persister cells is thought to be one of the most important strategies of bacteria like E. coli for survival under drug treatment and harsh conditions. While, little is known about how they form and work, primarily due to technical limitations in previous studies. The formation of persisters is an important feature of bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. coli). These noxious cells, being able to go dormant, are highly resistant to antimicrobial treatments and crucially account for various relapsing chronic in...

  • 07

    09 2022

    Engineering Industrial Microalgae for Producing Healthy Biological Oil

    The genetic talents of a marine microalga are now unlocked, to produce medium-chain triacylglycerols, which is a kind of plant oil with a variety of health benefits, according to a study led by researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). This study was published in Plant Physiology on August 30. The genetic talents of a marine microalga are now unlocked, to produce medium-chain triacylglycerols, which is a kind of plant oil with a variety of health benefits, according to a study led by researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy a...

  • 18

    08 2022

    Biological Nanofibrils Can Efficiently Extract Valuable Metal Elements from Water

    In recent years, Prof. LI Chaoxu and coworkers from Biomimetic Smart Materials Group, Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have carried out a lot of research work on the exfoliation and self-assembly of biological nanofibrils.
      Many valuable metals like Au, Ag, Li and U are vital to high technology and modern industry. The terrestrial mineral reserves of these metals are generally very limited or suffer from high mining cost. Although most of these valuable metal io...