Read about the movers and shakers of the chemical industry in July 2023.
This book delves into the realm of carbon-based nanomaterials with a focus on the rather exotic species known as carbon quantum dots (CQDots).
James Hamilton-Patterson describes our dilemma with the metaphor of the stuck monkey. Hunters allegedly used a banana in an immobilised glass jar as a trap to catch monkeys – once the monkey has grasped the banana inside the jar, it can’t pull out its hand and remains stuck. We, as a global civilisation, can’t let go of the juicy rewards of our economic development, so we are stuck very much the same way as that monkey.
Read the EU brief from C&I Magazine Issue 7-8 2023.
In the UK, University of Cambridge researchers have developed a solar-powered reactor that captures carbon dioxide from the air or industrial emissions and converts it into sustainable fuels. The system also turns plastic waste into another valuable chemical product.
Concrete is one of the world’s most consumed materials – second only to water. But production of the binding cement is a major emitter of CO2. So how can emissions be curbed? Maria Burke reports.
How much is the average individual prepared to pay to meet, and hopefully overcome, the current environmental challenges that include plastic pollution, air and water quality, and of course climate change?
Artificial intelligence has been used to screen almost 7000 chemical compounds, identifying a potent and novel class of antibiotics capable of killing one of the most problematic superbugs. The researchers focused on a hospital-acquired bacterial pathogen that causes meningitis, pneumonia and blood infections and which is often resistant to many current antibiotics.
Traditional laundry detergents have a bad reputation when it comes to the environment. Could a range of new ‘sustainable’ products be the answer? Jasmin Fox-Skelly reports.
Graphene was first isolated at the University of Manchester, UK, in 2004, where it was heralded as the next ‘wonder material’. With very high thermal and electrical conductivity, electron mobility and tensile strength in its portfolio of excellent material properties, graphene made headlines as a material that could revolutionise everything from computing to construction.