Plants transformed into detectors of dangerous chemicals
What if your house plant could tell you your water isn’t safe? Scientists are closer to realizing this vision, having engineered a plant to turn beet red in the presence of a banned, toxic pesticide.
Scientists unveil fire-safe fuel
UC Riverside chemical engineers have designed a fuel that ignites only with the application of electric current. Since it doesn’t react to flames and cannot start accidental fires during storage or transport, it is a “safe” liquid fuel.
Process turns harmful pollutants into harmless substances
UCR scientist discover chemical reaction pathways that destroy certain toxic water pollutants and render them into harmless substances.
Biological cleanup discovered for certain “forever chemicals”
University of California, Riverside, chemical and environmental engineering scientists have identified two species of bacteria found in soil that break down a class of stubborn “forever chemicals,” giving hope for low-cost biological cleanup of industrial pollutants. These bacteria destroy a subgroup of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that have...
Pollution cleanup method destroys toxic “forever chemicals”
An insidious category of carcinogenic pollutants known as “forever chemicals” may not be so permanent after all. University of California, Riverside, chemical engineering and environmental scientists recently published new methods to chemically break up these harmful substances found in drinking water into smaller compounds that are essentially harmless. The patent-pending...
Artificial photosynthesis can produce food without sunshine
Scientists are developing artificial photosynthesis to help make food production more energy-efficient here on Earth, and one day possibly on Mars
Microbes can degrade the toughest PFAS
Under anaerobic conditions, common microbial communities can break the ultra-strong carbon-fluorine bond
PFAS chemicals do not last forever
The use of sulfite and iodide under ultraviolet light can destroy PFAS in water in a few hours
Discovery about coral-algal symbiosis could help coral reefs recover after bleaching events
Algae’s ability to establish symbiosis in coral without photosynthesis could help fight coral bleaching
Fighting climate change with carbon capture and utilization technologies
Two UC Riverside experts explain how carbon capture and utilization technologies work, and what needs to improve for them to deliver on their promise
“Magic wand” reveals a colorful nano-world
Novel color photography using a high-efficiency probe can super-focus white light into a 6-nanometer spot for nanoscale color imaging
Using light to control materials
Supercomputers and machine learning will help scientists optimize light-driven electron transfer
A new water treatment technology could also help Mars explorers
A catalyst that destroys perchlorate in water could clean Martian soil
Tiny tomatoes could mean big profits for urban agriculture
Grants support continued development of tomatoes for vertical farming
Nanofiber filter captures almost 100% of coronavirus aerosols
The filter could help curb airborne spread of COVID-19 virus
Electromagnetic levitation whips nanomaterials into shape
Electromagnetic field directs shape formed by gas phase metal molecules
Cleaner water through corn
Activated carbon made from corn stover filters 98% of a pollutant from water
Common pipe alloy can form cancer-causing chemical in drinking water
Water disinfectant reacts with chromium in iron pipes to form hexavalent chromium
UC Riverside research team fuels the hemp revolution
A new hemp pulping method that converts 100% of the plant to useful components moves toward commercialization