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What Does the Future of Automotive Biofuels Look Like

Posted by Diane Milner on Jun 19, 2017 9:25:00 AM

The future of cars almost certainly lies in biofuels. But what is the future of biofuels themselves?

Biofuels, roughly defined as liquid energy products converted from renewable biomass sources, power over $100 billion of the world’s energy market. Their adoption is growing at a rapid pace, particularly as automotive production and infrastructure catches up. What’s in store for automotive biofuels?

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

The Chemical Reaction that Might Replace Gasoline

Posted by Diane Milner on Jun 12, 2017 9:11:00 AM

Is conventional gasoline set to go the way of the Dodo bird? Maybe, if chemists have anything to do with it. A spate of developments in the clean energy space are making headway in the search for an alternative to gas.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

How Chemistry Is Making Cars More Sustainable

Posted by Diane Milner on Jun 5, 2017 9:05:00 AM

The automobile industry has never been known for its commitment to the planet. Over the course of the last decade, automotive sustainability has come a long way thanks to some exciting technological advancements. The chemical processes powering today’s sustainable vehicles are changing rapidly, opening new avenues for greener, cleaner cars.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry, Sustainability

Chemistry and the Self-Driving Car

Posted by Diane Milner on May 29, 2017 9:06:00 AM

Self-driving cars are the talk of the auto industry, but they’re disrupting other sectors too. In fact, reverberations have sounded as the technology advances in fields as far flung as real estate, hospitality, and law enforcement. One sector poised to capitalize on the advent of truly “self-driving cars” is the global chemicals industry, particularly for those involved with automobile manufacturing.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

4 Ways Chemistry Is Reducing Auto Emissions

Posted by Diane Milner on May 15, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Harmful emissions from automobiles are one of the foremost environmental challenges facing our planet. The residual effects of burned fossil fuels can be detrimental to the health of our planet as well as its people, particularly those with respiratory illness.

Chemists are at the forefront of the auto emission challenge. Chemical solutions are having a measurable effect on greenhouse gasses globally, and chemical strategies for pollution reduction are only becoming more viable. Here are four great examples of how chemistry is reducing auto emissions.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry, Sustainability

A Field Guide to the Chemicals In Your Catalytic Converter

Posted by Diane Milner on May 8, 2017 10:05:00 AM

As their name implies, catalytic converters use catalysts to convert harmful gas emissions into less-toxic exhaust. Legally required to be installed in all American automobiles since 1975, the chemical processes behind catalytic converters can actually be quite complex.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

A Field Guide to the Chemicals In Your Car Battery

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 24, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Car batteries use chemical reactions to produce electric currents. The typical car battery is far more complex than you might think, consisting of several different chemical compounds and electrical circuits. Which chemicals are responsible for converting their energy into the electrical charges that actually make a car run?

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry

3 Ways Polymers Are Making Cars Better

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 10, 2017 9:46:47 AM

Polymers – chemical chains made up of many repeating elements – are having a moment. Polymers are the darlings of automotive technology, and for good reason. These chemical chains, often made from carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and even fluorine, are strong, resistant, and versatile.

How are scientists using polymers to make waves in the automotive space? Here are three ways polymers are making good cars better.

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Topics: Chemical Compounds, Automotive Chemistry

Understanding the Chemistry in Your Car

Posted by Diane Milner on Apr 3, 2017 10:27:00 AM

The over one billion automobiles in existence owe much of their functionality to basic chemical reactions. In the U.S. alone there are over 250,000,000 cars in operation, a vast majority of which were built in the last 15 years.

The chemical processes behind moving vehicles are simpler than you think. Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on under the hood.

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Topics: Automotive Chemistry