The UK chemical industry has welcomed measures to help the sector announced in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget statement in March 2021. In particular, Sunak outlined plans for a ‘super-deduction’ that will allow companies to offset 130% of investment spending on plant and machinery against profits for the next two years, starting in April.
For many in non-scientific industries, it might be simple enough to carry on working with the addition of Zoom and Google Docs to keep workflows running smoothy, however, for those in scientific, evidence-based industries, where the collection, structuring and sharing of data is vital, the impact has been more complex and challenging, highlighting concerns about the long-term viability of our industry in its current state.
Adding a component of human bone to perovskite solar cells (PSCs) improves their environmental safety while increasing power conversion efficiency (PCE) to around 21%, researchers report.
A constituent of Japanese noodles has been used as the starting point for an eco-friendly approach to cleaning oil spills.
Organic chemistry highlights by G. Richard Stephenson, University of East Anglia, UK for March 2021.
The UFI serves as a unique recipe identifier and helps with the exact identification of a dangerous mixture to enable faster first aid.
Solar-powered cars are creeping towards commercial reality, while researchers continue to develop photovoltaic concepts that could find their way into future vehicles. Lou Reade reports. Read the full feature story in C&I Magazine.
Fraser’s speech echoes many of the sentiments in the UK government backed report, The economics of biodiversity, produced by Sir Partha Dasgupta from the University of Cambridge. Published in February 2021, ahead of the UN Biological Diversity Convention in China, the review describes Nature as ‘our most precious asset,’ yet says it is a ‘blind spot’ in economics we can no longer afford to ignore. Read the article in C&I Magazine.
The UK government is to launch a new independent research body tasked with funding ‘high risk, high reward’ scientific research. The Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA) will be backed by funding of £800m during the current parliament and operate along the lines of US Advanced Research Projects Agency (now DARPA). Read more in C&I Magazine.
Plant nanocellulose shows potential for use as nanocomposites, biomedical products, food coatings and more. It may also in future offer a lightweight alternative to steel and plastic for car bodies, Maria Burke reports. Read the full feature in C&I Magazine.