DIY Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensor


A team have combined “lab-on-paper” technology with SERS to provide a label-free, ultrasensitive and powerful tool for the detection of specific molecules.

PDFLink to the original paper on Wiley Online Library

Superhydrophobic nonwovens from naturally occurring polymers

a Japanese/German collaboration has succeeded in synthesising a biodegradable, hydrophobic polymer by modifying a naturally-occurring poly(amino acid) with a hydrophobic amino acid.

PDFLink to the original paper on Wiley Online Library

Book review: Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites


Professor Masami Okmoto of the Toyota Technological Institute reviews the first edition of Environmentally Friendly Polymer Nanocomposites.

Fishing for oil with a polymer sponge


A team from USTC have developed a new oil collection apparatus based on a combination of HPS with pipes and a self-priming pump.

PDFLink to the original paper on Wiley Online Library

High-capacity battery uses only organic ingredients

American researchers design organic battery intended for deployment in power stations.

PDFLink to the original paper

The Chemistry of Energy Conversion and Storage: A Special Issue of ChemSusChem


A special issue of chemsuschem dedicated to the chemistry of energy conversion and storage.

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.

Enhanced oil recovery with polymer-coated nanoparticles


Recent research into the use of polymer-coated nanoparticles for enhanced oil recovery is reviewed in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science.

PDFLink to the original paper on Wiley Online Library

Book Review: Nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction

Nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction_hi-res

Professor Onuegbu Ugwu of the University of Nigeria reviews Nanotechnology in eco-efficient construction.

Video abstract: progress in alkali-activated materials

John Provis of the University of Sheffield gives an overview of his latest publication: Durability of Alkali-Activated Materials: Progress and Perspectives.