Jarring Fears – CO2 War or Peace?

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Professor Geoff Ozin asks: do we want to fight carbon dioxide, or embrace it?

The global energy transition – do we have a Plan B?

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What can we do if the IPCC’s response to climate change – assessment of risk, vulnerability, mitigation, adaptation and cost – fails to deliver?

Is semiconductor photocatalysis photochemical or thermochemical or both? (and do we care?)

Figure 2. Is your photocatalytic reaction powered by light or heat or both? Graphical illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Professor Ozin addresses a fundamental concern in the field of photocatalysis.

Real or Artifact: CO2 Photo-Catalysis versus Carbon Contamination

Leaf Mimic - Fact or Fiction. Graphic illustration courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Geoff Ozin asks if carbon dioxide capture and utilization, a potential solution to the CO2 problem, is feasible with today’s photo-conversion technology.

A Fossil Fuel Free World

Illustration depicting how the leaf’s photosynthetic machinery for processing carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to solar fuels such as carbon monoxide, methane and methanol, is integrated into the nanoworld. Graphical illustration courtesy of Chexi Qian.

Professor Ozin explores the repercussions of giving up our fossil fuel addiction.

Todd Siler’s Nano World – Think Billionths of a Meter

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Guest writer Professor Geoff Ozin tells us about the inaugural ArtNano show which will be held at The Armory Show, Pier 94, New York, on March 6-9th.

Winter in Boston: the MRS Fall Meeting 2013

Editors Jörn Ritterbusch and Martin Preuss give their take on the 2013 MRS fall meeting, held in Boston from December 1–6.

From the cradle of civilization to the frontiers of chemistry

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Wesley R. Browne and Anna K. H. Hirsch, Stratingh Institute for Chemistry report on the first Frontiers in Chemistry conference held in Yerevan, Armenia, earlier this year.

Enhanced polymer/ZnO photovoltaic performance

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Steve Dunn, Queen Mary University of London, and James R. Durrant, Imperial College London, discuss their latest work on photovoltaic devices.

PDFLink to the original paper on Wiley Online Library

Plastics project management: saving money in the wrong places

For a medical housing (“Example 2”), filling analysis confirmed that the short shots at the louvre vents (circled) resulted from cold spots and stagnant flow regions during molding.

Plastics consultant Mark Rosen looks at how efforts to save money in part development are often counter-productive.