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Congratulations to Lourdes, Abhinav and co-authors on their recent publication on CO2 Photocatalytic Foams in the Chemical Engineering Journal

To enhance the solar-to-chemical conversion efficiency of CO2 photocatalysis, light active materials need to be engineered into multiscale architectures that maximize photon capture and minimize optical losses. In this paper, Lourdes, Abhinav and coauthors developed a photocatalytic foam that helps … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Joel and co-authors on their recent publication in Advanced Energy Materials

It remains a great challenge to overcome the intermittent and fluctuating sunlight for continuous photocatalytic fuels production. In this review, Joel and co-authors propose that persistent and memory-based photocatalysts, which efficiently operate under near zero light fluxes beyond sunset and … Continue reading

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Beheading a Century-Old Chemical Process

De-carbonizing the fossil-intensive chemicals and petrochemcials industries will help achieve a “net-zero” sustainable society. A recent report has targeted nitric acid production, an important feedstock for the production of dyes, pigments, nylon, explosives, and fertilizers. Currently, nitric acid is produced … Continue reading

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CALF-20: A carbon capture success story

Marketable, large-scale, and energy-efficient CO2 capture is essential for a net-zero future, which would be implemented at high-emitting locations, such as power plants, metal, cement, and chemical refineries. Liquid solvents such as amines, hydroxides, and organics, and metal oxide solids … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Dr. Loh and Professor Ozin on their new book Energy Materials Discovery: Enabling a Sustainable Future

It is with great excitement and delight that we wish to announce the Energy Materials Discovery: Enabling a Sustainable Future to be published by RSC in May, 2022 is now available for order on Amazon! About the book: This book … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Prof. Lu, Yuping, and Geoff on their recent publication in Journal of Energy Chemistry

Artificial nitrogen reduction to ammonia is essential to life on earth, offering essential nitrogen elements for biomolecules, commodity, and fuel chemicals. The industrial Haber-Bosch process established in 1913 provides half of the fixed nitrogen in the global nitrogen cycle nowadays. … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Dr. Loh and Prof. Ozin on their recent publication in Nature Sustainability

Sunlight utilization is at the central of 21st century, being of fundamental importance to energy, environmental, climate and economy securities. However, the greatest challenge is known as the “duck curve” that depicts the mismatch between peak power demand and supply … Continue reading

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Will industrial-scale photocatalysis see the light of day?

90% of our commodity chemicals and fuels are made from thermocatalysis industries driven by heat or grid power. In the context of carbon-neutral society, sunlight-driven photocatalysis is an ideal alternative to thermocatalysis especially for CO2 and H2O utilization. However, how … Continue reading

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Dissemination of science in a different way by “the father of nanochemistry”

Professor Geoff Ozin has disseminated scientific knowledge in and beyond academe in remarkably creative ways. In addition to writing pioneering textbooks Cryochemistry, Nanochemistry and Concepts in Nanochemistry, he has written general-audience science books, including his most recent, The Story of … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Dr. Athan, Prof. Geoff and Sain on their recent publication in Nature Catalysis

Solar energy and CO2 utilizations are recognized as key to counter the global warming and build a “net-zero” sustainable society, and the surging global temperature has set the deadline of establishing revolutionary techniques in several decades. The urgency requires to … Continue reading

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