Read more about the movers and shakers in the chemical industry for January 2022.
With his book, Morgan Phillips aims to open our eyes to the adaptations that are already happening all around us, including those that dare not mention climate change, the bad and selfish adaptation moves that may protect the mover at the expense of everybody else, and finally the great adaptations that are fixing a problem in a sustainable and socially just manner.
The theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the underlying physics involved in terms that can be readily understood by a lay audience. This book is greatly facilitated by the numerous diagrams, photographs and charts deployed throughout the text.
While investment is increasing in hydrogen projects to support the clean energy transition on the way to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) believes further efforts are needed to reduce costs and encourage wider use. Neil Eisberg reports.
Improvements to 3D printing could see the technique applied routinely to making composite parts, offering great promise to industries from medical to aerospace. Lou Reade reports
Tracing the radioactive isotopes of heavy elements like uranium 235 – used in nuclear reactors and weapons – is critical to monitor their use and misuse. Michael Gross reports
Many labs now mimic the protein chemistry used in mussel, oyster and barnacle adhesion in their hunt for glues that are super-strong, non-toxic and that stick under water or inside the body. Emma Davies reports.
A silicon device to transform skin tissue into blood vessels and nerve tissue has moved from prototype to standard fabrication. The device, a tissue nanotransfection (TNT) chip, allows DNA or any other charged molecules to be transferred directly into cells to facilitate tissue reprogramming.
Researchers in Japan have proposed an alternative electric energy storage system that uses carbon as an energy source. Their ‘carbon/air secondary battery’ (CASB) comprises a solid-oxide fuel and electrolysis cell where carbon generated via electrolysis of CO2 is oxidised with air to produce energy (J. Power Sources, doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2021.230681).
An Open Letter to the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) from supporters of the World BioProtection Forum (WBF). For the attention of Sarah Albon, Chief Executive, and other regulatory personnel at the UK’s HSE.