Semiconductor optimized to generate green hydrogen by photoelectrocatalysis

In an article featured on the cover of the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials, CINE researchers present a promising material for the generation of green hydrogen on a large scale. Hydrogen is a renewable fuel that does not generate carbon emissions during use. However, the hydrogen production methods available today are not environmentally friendly. One of the cleanest and most sustainable alternatives to obtain hydrogen is to split the water […]

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Solid-state electrochemical reactors for sustainable production of hydrocarbons

A study carried out within CINE’s Methane to Products (M2P) division addresses advances in the development of solid-state reactors, a technology that makes it possible to produce hydrocarbons in a cleaner and more sustainable way than the conventional one. With this technology, methane (a greenhouse gas) can be converted into more useful compounds through electrochemical reactions driven by renewable energies. Solid-state reactors (so called because they use solid electrolytes) are […]

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CINE researchers elucidate the electrochemical transformation of organic molecules into raw materials and electricity

From the firewood used in the fireplace to the sugarcane ethanol that powers the car, biomass is a renewable and sustainable source of energy. In these two examples, biomass is burned, but there are more efficient ways than burning to harness the energy stored in plant and animal waste: electrochemical reactions, which involve the transformation of chemical energy into electrical energy and vice versa. In two papers published in 2021, […]

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Scalable method for producing two-dimensional boron nitride

With the miniaturization of many types of devices, two-dimensional materials become increasingly relevant. However, preparing them on an industrial scale while maintaining their properties is often challenging. In a recently published article, members of CINE and collaborators present an important contribution to the search for methods that can enable the industrial production of these materials that are few atoms thick. The authors developed a fast, clean, scalable and simple method […]

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CINE opens administrative headquarters at Unicamp

The administrative headquarters of the Center for Innovation in New Energies (CINE) was inaugurated at Unicamp on 15 December. The event marked the inauguration of a space for common use, located at Rua Michel Debrun, within the Unicamp campus, in a building linked to the Faculty of Chemical Engineering. The environment has workstations for the staff that already supports the researchers in their projects. The headquarters also has a social […]

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New method for chemical characterization of lithium-oxygen batteries at the nano scale

In an paper in the high-impact journal Advanced Energy Materials, researchers from CINE and collaborators present a new method, faster and more accurate than those used so far, to study lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) batteries. The method sheds new light on the chemical reactions that take place in these promising devices. Lithium-oxygen batteries can be the key to storing energy on a large scale (for example, in wind or solar farms), as […]

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CINE researchers are among the 10 thousand most productive in the BRICS

Seven members of CINE are included in a ranking based on information from Google Scholar, which lists the most productive scientists from countries in the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The ranking, whose first edition was released at the end of September, uses the new AD Scientific Index. CINE researchers on this list are: Rubens Maciel Filho (UNICAMP), principal investigator of the Advanced Energy Storage (AES) […]

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CINE study makes machine learning more accurate in predicting material properties

Machine learning computer programs stand out from all others for having the ability to learn from experience, that is, from interaction with a set of data. The greater the experience, the better these programs or models should perform in the task for which they were created. However, they don’t always work perfectly. Errors do happen, and being able to detect and resolve them is essential. A team of researchers from […]

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