artificial photosynthesis, batteries from wood, everyday chemicals health risks


Dunwei Wang, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Boston College.

Dunwei Wang, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Boston College.

Major breakthrough in the development of artificial photosynthesis

Dunwei Wang, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Boston College and his research group have achieved a series of breakthroughs in their efforts to develop an economical means of harnessing artificial photosynthesis. The team reported that it had narrowed the voltage gap, to within two-tenths of a volt, between the two crucial processes of oxidation and reduction using unique photoanodes and photocathodes the team created from novel nanowire components and coatings. Read More

 

Scientists make environmental friendly batteries from wood.

Scientists make environmental friendly batteries from wood.

Scientists make environmental friendly batteries from wood

Latest publication by American Chemical Society describes the development of a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin that shows promise for becoming a tiny, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly energy source. The publication is based on a report by Liangbing Hu, PhD, and Teng Li, PhD. in ACS’ journal Nano Letters. Read More

 
 

New research predicts health risks of everyday chemicals.

New research predicts health risks of everyday chemicals.

New research predicts health risks of everyday chemicals

Concern over the safety of everyday household products, such as baby bottles and soaps, has spurred a wide-ranging research effort into predicting the health risks of tens of thousands of chemicals.Britt E Erickson, Senior Editor, C&EN points out that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with overseeing the safety of chemicals in consumer products. It’s a monumental task — an estimated 80,000 chemicals are on the market in some form, whether in plastics, detergents, electronics or other items. Read More

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