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On the Road to Artificial Photosynthesis

The excessive atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving global climate change could be harnessed into a renewable energy technology that would be a win for both the environment and the economy. That is the lure of artificial photosynthesis in which the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide is used to produce clean, green and sustainable fuels. However, finding a catalyst for reducing carbon dioxide that is highly selective and efficient has proven to be a huge scientific challenge.

On the Road to Artificial Photosynthesis

This TEM shows gold–copper bimetallic nanoparticles used as catalysts for the reduction of carbon dioxide, a key reaction for artificial photosynthesis.
Image Credit: Peidong Yang group, Berkeley Lab.

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Responsible Innovation as a Business Driver - Workshop Report

Responsible Innovation as a Business Driver - Workshop Report

The European Commission has clearly indicated that its forthcoming new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020, worth some €80 billion and entitled “Horizon 2020” will have the key objectives of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and making the EU competitive with other developed economies and emerging economies, and has the theme of responsible innovation as a cornerstone.

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The World Market for Nanocoatings

The World Market for Nanocoatings

The general coating industry has declined but specialized coating surface engineering sectors are witnessing strong growth driven by the needs of high-end industries, such as oil and gas and electronics. Nanocoatings are opening up new market opportunities in the global coatings arena. Properties such as anti-microbialism, thermal insulation, dirt and water repellency, hardness, corrosion resistance, flame retardancy, UV stability, anti-graffiti, self-cleaning, moisture absorbing, gloss retention and chemical and mechanical properties are improved significantly using nanostructured materials.

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Nanocellulose: A Technology and Market Study

Nanocellulose: A Technology and Market Study

Despite being the most available natural polymer on earth, it is only recently that cellulose has gained prominence as a nanostructured material, in the form of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and micro/nanofibrillar cellulose (MFC/NFC).

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