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?

Cleaning up: MOF photocatalysts for chromium reduction

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Researchers have developed an effective, iron based, amine-functionalized photocatalyst for reduction of hexavalent chromium using visible light.

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CMP aerogels for oil cleanup

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Fluorosurfactant-directed preparation of conjugated microporous polymer (CMP) aerogels for oil cleanup and gas sorption.

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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.

Improving the properties of recycled PVC

Researchers from Brazil have treated post-consumer PVC with SF 6 plasma to render its properties similar to those of virgin resin.

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Carbon dioxide: from pollution to solution

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Researchers show that nanoparticles sputtered onto black silicon nanowire supports activate conversion in a hydrogen atmosphere under solar-simulated light.

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Radiation protection from tungsten nanotechnology

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Korean researchers have developed lightweight commercial gamma radiation shielding based on tungsten/polyethylene nanocomposites.

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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?

DIY Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensor

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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.

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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.

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