Tag Archives: sustainability

Sustainable ZnSnO3 nanowires produced by a low-cost solution process

AoS. SEM image of ZnSnO3 nanowires.

Oxide materials, and more specifically, multicomponent oxide materials, have been widely explored in thin-film technology, being the indium-based materials very common. For example, conductive indium-tin oxide (ITO) or semiconductive indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) are key-materials in billion-dollar industries

DIY materials will allow scientists and engineers to re-make the world

Human development has been based on making the best possible use of natural materials and resources – initially plants, wood, stone and metals, before the evolution of man-made materials such as plastics. All of these kinds of

Rise of the gaseous (carbon dioxide) feedstock in circular bioeconomy

Voluminous release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere due to incessant combustion of hydrocarbon based fuel is causing grave environmental effects and irreversible climate changes globally. With the dawn of 20th century industrialization ~9.1 gigatons of CO2

How sustainable is British biogas?

Biogas is a renewable fuel produced from the controlled decomposition of organic material in the absence of oxygen (“anaerobic digestion”). Biogas contains 50-60% methane, and can be combusted to generate heat and electricity, or cleaned of impurities

Just add water; boiling up high-performing thermoelectrics

Thermoelectric materials can realise direct conversion from thermal to electrical energy and offer unique opportunities to harvest useful electricity from waste heat. Tin selenide (SnSe) is one of the best thermoelectrics currently known as it combines an

Intensification of phosphorus cycling in China

Phosphorus (P) is a critical and irreplaceable nutrient for life on earth. It plays an important role in the growth of cells, bones and teeth, and is a key component of molecules essential to metabolism. In old

More than meets the eye in seemingly random wild population abundances

In the wild, animal populations are not fixed but rather fluctuate in size over time in a seemingly random fashion. At first glance is there is no rhyme or reason to this apparent randomness, but we analyzed