Research

Jiggly Jell-O makes powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst

Illustration of metal carbides sparking a reaction that splits water into oxygen and valuable hydrogen gas

12/13/2018 - A cheap and effective gelatin-based catalyst, developed by Berkeley researchers led by mechanical engineering professor Liwei Lin, can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, the far more expensive current standard.

This innovation removes deadly arsenic from India's water

Professor Joyashree Roy and project team member Sreeman Mypati tasting water from ECAR plant.

12/12/2018 The Better India - Everyday, tens of millions of people drink water that significantly increases their risk of cancer and other deadly diseases. UC Berkeley professor Ashok Gadgil amd Asian Institute of Technology's Joyashree Roy hope to fix that with an efficient and cost-effective system called Electrochemical Arsenic Remediation (ECAR) for removing arsenic contamination from drinking water.

Watch just a few self-driving cars stop traffic jams

Traffic on freeway interchange

11/19/2018 Science - Anyone can start a traffic jam — just by tapping the brakes. Now, scientists at Berkeley have shown that a few self-driving cars can prevent such jams — and in some cases double the average speed of surrounding vehicles.

Origami electronics

Magnified image of ciscuits printed on flexible mesh

11/14/2018 Scientists have fabricated electronic switches and sensors directly onto paper, where folding it can switch circuits on and off.

From waste heat to energy

Illustration showing how waste heat could be used to generate energy

11/14/2018 Researchers have developed a thin-film device that converts waste heat to energy, using pyroelectric energy conversion.

Cleaning up contamination

Ting Xu in her lab

11/14/2018 Researchers have learned how to keep proteins active outside of the cell, leading to technology that can soak up chemical pollution.

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