Energy features

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    Hydrogen: still the fuel of the future?

    30 July 2018

    Is the dream of a hydrogen-fuelled future still a pipe dream, or is it in the pipeline? Angeli Mehta investigates

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    Oak Ridge at 75

    16 March 2018

    As Oak Ridge National Laboratory celebrates its 75th anniversary, Kit Chapman visits the birthplace of the atomic age

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    Renewable energy in China

    23 February 2018

    Huge investments and cutting-edge research are helping China to pioneer innovations in clean energy technologies, reports Mark Peplow

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    CO2 recycling – an uphill struggle

    27 October 2017

    James Mitchell Crow explains how chemists are turning a problematic greenhouse gas into commercially useful molecules, at industrial scale

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    A slice of ion beam–scanning microscopy

    14 June 2017

    From brain cells to batteries, is there anything focused ion beam–scanning electron microscopy can’t study?

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    The next generation

    24 June 2016

    Elinor Hughes catches up with some of the latest materials and processes in photovoltaics research

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    The white stuff

    22 February 2016

    With potential health concerns raised over nanosize forms of TiO2, Emma Davies explores the ubiquitous white pigment’s past, present and future

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    Stuck in the sludge

    15 September 2015

    Matthew Gunther finds chemists are trying to decommission the most dangerous nuclear waste site in Europe

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    Capturing carbon

    22 May 2015

    Andy Extance finds uncertainty over efforts to capture and store CO2 from power generation

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    India’s chemistry challenges

    3 February 2015

    India’s climate, its vast population and extremely rapid development make it host to a unique set of challenges. Sanjay Kumar finds out how Indian chemists are developing home-grown solutions