Renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants

March 9, 2016

By Mark Shwartz

Stanford scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses.  Researchers say the new technology could provide a low-carbon alternative to plastic bottles and other items currently made from petroleum.

Stanford students again well represented in Forbes’ '30 Under 30 in Energy' list

Jan. 15, 2016

By Mark Golden

Four Stanford University students and recent alumni made Forbes magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 in Energy list. “Energy” is one of 20 categories—from music to finance—in which the magazine applauds auspicious achievements.

Underwater solar cells turn captured greenhouse gases into fuel

Nov. 18, 2015

By Ramin Skibba

Stanford engineers have developed solar cells that can function under water. Instead of pumping electricity into the grid, though, the power these cells produce would be used to spur chemical reactions to convert captured greenhouse gases into fuel.