CO2: Conflict or Harmony?

Figure 2. Peace -> War -> Peace with O2 again enabled by the endeavors of chemists and chemical engineers- Image courtesy of Chenxi Qian.

Professor Ozin asks the question; do we want war or peace with CO2?

International Year of Light: Black Silicon Photovoltaics

This month’s International Year of Light article reviews the optoelectronic properties of black silicon and gives guidelines how to optimize the relevant physical parameters.

Na1.1V3O7.9 nanobelts as cathode material for Na-ion batteries

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Pure single crystalline nanostructures investigated by Chinese research team.

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Paper-Based electrocatalysts for enhanced oxygen evolution reactions

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A novel electrocatalyst system with long-term stability, based on cellulose paper and graphene, has been developed by for the oxygen reduction reaction.

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Advanced anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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A facile two-step synthesis for the fabriaction of advanced anode materials based on graphene oxide-supported ZnCo2O4 for lithium-ion batteries is reported.

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Solar Refinery: Can we have our carbon cake and eat it too?

Scheme Futuristic ‘solar refinery’ for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight, Reproduced from A general framework for the assessment of solar fuel technologies, Energy & Environmental Science, DOI:  (or Ref XX) with permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Ozin explores the feasability of a solar refinery for making fuels and chemicals from CO2, H2O and sunlight.

A promising anode candidate for the next generation lithium-ion batteries

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Researchers from Pennsylvania State University report on a red phosphorus-graphene nanosheet hybrid as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

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Light to work to electricity: photopiezoelectric polymer composites

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Light is transduced to electrical energy in photopiezoelectric polymer composites based on azobenzene-functionalized polyimides and polyvinylidene fluoride

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Charge of the Sunlight Brigade

Figure 1 Concept of a sustainable solar fuels earth founded upon the light-assisted photo-conversion of CO2 and H2O to solar fuels such as CH4.

Professor Ozin pays tribute to the materials scientists and engineers working to counteract the effects of fossil fuel induced climate change.

New processing methods for flexible perovskite solar cells

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Newly published research describes the development and combination of low temperature deposition and processing techniques for perovskite devices.

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