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    04 2022

    New Strategy to Synthesize Single-hole Hollow Carbon Nanospheres Helps Further Revealing Void-confinement Effects

    Hollow structured nanomaterials have drawn increasing interest in the fields of adsorption, catalysis, energy storage and drug delivery/controlled release, owing to their unique properties such as high porosity, large surface area and abundant inner void space. However, in few unique applications where a large species (e.g., dye molecules, proteins) is involved, the complete hollow shell of the hollow nanomaterials mainly acts as a barrier to limit the mass transfer of the large species and result in the unavailable void spaces.
      Hollow structured nanomaterials are promising in the fields of adsorption, catalysis, energy storage and drug delivery/controlled release, owing to their high porosity, large surface area and abundant inner void space.
      However, in few uni...

  • 22

    04 2022

    Scientists Propose Novel Selective Reductive Amination Catalysts with Improved Stability

    Recently, a research team led by Prof. WANG Guang-Hui from Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) reported a facile strategy to synthesize two carbon-doped Ni catalysts with particle sizes of 7.5 and 47.5 nm, respectively, over which the selectivity in the reductive amination of biomass-derived carbonyl compounds is completely switched between primary amines (>96% yield, 7.5 nm) and secondary imines (>97% yield, 47.5 nm).
      Primary amines and secondary imines are key intermediates widely used in fields like food additives, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals. They can be produced via the reductive amination of carbonyl compounds.
      However, during the reductive...

  • 19

    04 2022

    Automated CAST-R System Helps to Identify Best Antimicrobials to Fight Acute Blood Infections

    When treating acute infections in patients, health care providers must be able to quickly and accurately identify the best antibiotics for fighting the infection. A research team led by researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Peking Union Medical College Hospital has developed an automated system that provides swift, accurate results for determining the best antibiotics at the right dose.
      When treating acute infections in patients, health care providers must be able to quickly and accurately identify the best antibiotics for fighting the infection.
      A research team led by researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy ...

  • 30

    03 2022

    Scientists Explore a Genetic Sensor of Blue Light to Doubles Oil Productivity in Industrial Microalgae

    Microalgae, those algae that cannot be seen by the naked eye, produce oil that can be used in biofuel products. These biofuels offer promise as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels, but scientists have lacked a full understanding of the chemical reactions that would allow these microalgae to be useful. A team of researchers have discovered a connection between blue light and oil synthesis in the microalgae. This finding has major implications in the potential for microalgae to be used in the production of biofuels. The research team from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, published their findings on 29th March in Nature Communications.
      Microalgae, algae that cannot be seen by the naked eye, absorb carbon dioxide and produce oils that can be used as biofuels. These biofuels, which can be carbon negative, offer promise as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. However, ...

  • 15

    03 2022

    Revealing Thermal Runaway Routes in Lithium-sulfur Batteries

    Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries offer great potential for use in energy storage systems because of their large energy capacity. However, safety problems related to their thermal behavior continue to be a concern for scientists. A team of researchers, led by scholars from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has engaged in a study of the thermal runaway routes of Li-S batteries that should prove helpful in addressing the safety issues of next generation batteries.
      Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries offer great potential for use in energy storage systems because of their large energy capacity. However, safety problems related to their thermal behavior continue to be a concern for scientists.
      Now, a res...

  • 09

    03 2022

    Chemically Recyclable Polymer Materials Help to Reduce Environment Pollution

    A research team led by WANG Qinggang from Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has published a new review entitled chemically recyclable polymer materials: polymerization and depolymerization cycles in the journal of Green Chemistry on Feb 17.
      A research team led by Prof. WANG Qinggang from Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), has summarized recent advances in chemically recyclable polymer materials.
      The review wa...