Energy for the Future: Renewables and Challenges

Wind turbine.

The future of energy production, in particular the transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources, is a topic of utmost importance. Professor Marc Fontecave analyses the key issues of this subject in an editorial article in Angewandte International. The Challenge of the Energy Production The production of ever-increasing amounts of energy is a real challenge […]

Carbon Dioxide Green Sorbents

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. Copyright Image by Decoded Science, all rights reserved.

Researchers have developed materials that can absorb carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) produced with a green synthesis. The materials are oligo-urea-based (polymers of urea) and were prepared in a process that followed ten of the twelve principles of green chemistry. Carbon Dioxide Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a gas that is naturally present in the atmosphere. Since […]

Self-cleaning Surfaces Resistant to Abrasion and Contamination

Treated glass surface.

Researchers from University College London (UK) developed a new paint which, when applied on surfaces, makes them superhydrophobic (very water repellant) and self-cleaning. Such surfaces are resistant to abrasion and handling; moreover, they maintain their properties even if contaminated with oil. These characteristics make them suitable for new everyday applications. Self-cleaning Surfaces Self-cleaning surfaces are […]