Category: renewable-energy

Continuous process for the controlled ozonolysis of organsolv lignin in a solvent consisting of short chain carboxylic acids or short chain carboxylic acid/water mixtures to yield aromatic monomer products including vanillin.

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This invention allows use of an efficient and stable oxygen evolution catalyst that facilitates water splitting without requiring noble metals or complicated synthesis methods. 

A safe method for the direct oxidation of methane and light alkanes to methanol and other oxygenates is disclosed.  Selective catalytic oxidation can be a transformative technology for using increasing abundant natural gas, bio-gas and other sources of low value hydrocarbons via gas to liquid process.

This is a novel seedless floating growth technique for synthesis of a variety of hybrid nanostructures on graphene, primarily for electronic and optoelectronic applications. 

Method for converting lignin biomass to aromatic compounds using a novel mesoporous acid catalyst. 

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A novel thin-film single-offset superlattice photovoltaic technology with superior performance and low fabrication cost through use of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) manufacturing methods and lower cost materials.

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A novel low-cost method for fabricating high-performance plasmonic graphene for use in thin-film photovoltaic devices and other optoelectronics.

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This invention uses a photoactive element between graphene electrodes to create a photovoltaic device that not only produces electricity from sunlight, but also transmits its infrared energy for use in an attached thermal energy device.  

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A multifunctional photovoltaic-battery (PVB) which represents a new-concept integrated PVB device as a novel power source for photoelectron conversion and energy storage within one single device.

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This invention consists of a novel composition of matter as well as a process for the efficient conversion of glycerol to lactic acid.

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