March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1147-1151
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE23769A, CommunicationChangrui Gao, Zhongxue Sun, Kan Li, Yuning Chen, Yingze Cao, Shiyan Zhang, Lin Feng
A combination of tunable surface wettability and photocatalysis was used for the removal of oil and degradation of pollutants in water.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1142-1146
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE23917A, CommunicationS. R. Bishop, D. Marrocchelli, W. Fang, K. Amezawa, K. Yashiro, G. W. Watson
Chemical expansion, often resulting in mechanical failure, is for the first time decreased by controlling lattice relaxation around vacancies.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1240-1248
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24184J, PaperWenjing Song, Hanlin Luo, Kenneth Hanson, Javier J. Concepcion, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer
Time-resolved, UV-vis spectroscopic measurements of Li+ diffusion in mesoscopic TiO2 photoanodes were conducted in dye sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPECs) under operating conditions.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1093-1104
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24243A, AnalysisJiyong Kim, S. Murat Sen, Christos T. Maravelias
An optimization-based framework for the synthesis and evaluation of novel biomass-to-fuel conversion strategies.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1299-1314
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24299D, PaperBirger Horstmann, Timo Danner, Wolfgang G. Bessler
We model cell concepts for aqueous lithium-oxygen batteries focusing on potential capacity limitations due to inhomogeneous LiOH[middle dot]H2O precipitation.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1105-1124
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE23520C, Review ArticleXianxia Yuan, Xin-Long Ding, Chao-Yang Wang, Zi-Feng Ma
This review summarizes the advances in polypyrrole-containing catalysts for low temperature fuel cells and discusses remaining challenges and future directions.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1283-1290
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24324A, PaperTianquan Lin, Yufeng Tang, Yaoming Wang, Hui Bi, Zhanqiang Liu, Fuqiang Huang, Xiaoming Xie, Mianheng Jiang
A unique composite structure of graphene-sulfur with a high electrochemical performance and freestanding graphene sheets with high electronic conductivity were prepared by Scotch-tape-like sulfur-assisted exfoliation of graphite.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1152-1157
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24454G, CommunicationJongjin Lee, Hyungcheol Back, Jaemin Kong, Hongkyu Kang, Suhee Song, Hongsuk Suh, Sung-Oong Kang, Kwanghee Lee
We present a highly efficient seamless series connected polymer solar cell module architecture by utilizing self-aligned interfacial layers.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1125-1141
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE00053B, PerspectiveFujun Li, Tao Zhang, Haoshen Zhou
This review is specifically focused on the advances in non-aqueous electrolytes, cathode catalysts, and alternative anodes for non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries and corresponding perspectives are provided.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1315-1327
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24021E, PaperYintao Song, Kanwal Preet Bhatti, Vijay Srivastava, C. Leighton, Richard D. James
The first thermodynamic model on a new method of converting heat into electricity using low hysteresis first order phase transformation in magnetic materials is developed.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1267-1273
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24158K, PaperYan Yan, Jonathan A. Malen
We show that the use of a periodic heat source, instead of a constant heat source, can amplify the efficiency of thermoelectric power conversion.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1170-1184
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24433D, PaperFangyuan Song, Yong Ding, Baochun Ma, Changming Wang, Qiang Wang, Xiaoqiang Du, Shao Fu, Jie Song
A Keggin polyoxometalate containing cobalts with a unique mixed-valence Co(III) and Co(II) structural feature shows efficient water oxidation performance under visible light irradiation.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1328-1338
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24429F, PaperPedro Lozano, Juana M. Bernal, Gregorio Sanchez-Gomez, Gregorio Lopez-Lopez, Michel Vaultier
A clean biocatalytic approach for producing biodiesel using switchable ionic liquid/solid phases that behave as sponges has been developed. The reaction mixture can easily be fractionated by iterative centrifugations at controlled temperature into three phases, i.e. solid IL, glycerol and pure biodiesel.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1074-1076
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40534F, OpinionThomas Faunce, Stenbjorn Styring, Michael R. Wasielewski, Gary W. Brudvig, A. William Rutherford, Johannes Messinger, Adam F. Lee, Craig L. Hill, Huub deGroot, Marc Fontecave, Doug R. MacFarlane, Ben Hankamer, Daniel G. Nocera, David M. Tiede, Holger Dau, Warwick Hillier, Lianzhou Wang, Rose Amal
Even in the absence of a global project, law and public policy urgently need to intersect with artificial photosynthesis
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1164-1169
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE00107E, CommunicationLong Lin, Qingshen Jing, Yan Zhang, Youfan Hu, Sihong Wang, Yoshio Bando, Ray P. S. Han, Zhong Lin Wang
We report on a novel design of a piezoelectric nanogenerator that is monolithically integrated onto an elastic spring by growing ZnO nanowire arrays on the surface of the spring.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1077-1082
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24403B, OpinionLuis Caspeta, Nicolaas A. A. Buijs, Jens Nielsen
Weaknesses and strengths of biofuels from biomass: insights on our future transportation energy supply constrained by CO2 emissions.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1291-1298
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE00052D, PaperVictoria Flexer, Jun Chen, Bogdan C. Donose, Peter Sherrell, Gordon G. Wallace, Jurg Keller
Very high current densities are developed when a microbial biofilm is developed in this new material. The NanoWeb-RVC scaffold combines the advantages of open macrostructure and the carbon nanotube nanostructure.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1274-1282
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24317F, PaperTakeo Arai, Shunsuke Sato, Tsutomu Kajino, Takeshi Morikawa
CO2 photoreduction by Z-scheme reaction in a one compartment reactor was successfully achieved using a reduced-SrTiO3/InP/[Ru-complex-polymer] wireless device.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6,1158-1163
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24506C, CommunicationChristopher E. Wilmer, Omar K. Farha, Taner Yildirim, Ibrahim Eryazici, Vaiva Krungleviciute, Amy A. Sarjeant, Randall Q. Snurr, Joseph T. Hupp
A new metal-organic framework, NU-125, designed for use in the storage of natural gas in vehicles, is made at gram scales.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE24455E, PaperChris Groves
A Monte Carlo model is used to investigate the influence of cascaded energy heterojunctions upon geminate charge recombination within organic photovoltaic devices.
To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40260F, CommunicationAn Qiang Pan, Hao Bin Wu, Lei Zhang, Xiong Wen (David) Lou
Hierarchical V2O5 nanosheet-assembled hollow microflowers exhibit excellent lithium storage properties with high capacity and superior cycling stability.
To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE23586F, Review ArticleDa Chen, Hao Zhang, Yang Liu, Jinghong Li
This review explores and summarizes the exciting recent progress on the use of graphene-based materials for photoelectrochemical applications.
To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE00072A, PaperYuan Yang, Guangyuan Zheng, Yi Cui
A new lithium/polysulfide (Li/PS) semi-liquid battery is demonstrated with high energy density, long cycle life and low cost.
To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40343B, CommunicationBing Cai, Yedi Xing, Zhou Yang, Wen-Hua Zhang, Jieshan Qiu
Solid state solar cells with CH3NH3PbX3 as sensitizers and PCBTDPP as a hole transporting material were demonstrated to show high performance.
To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

, 2013, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C3EE00120B, CommunicationSayantan Mazumdar, Aninda Jiban Bhattacharyya
Tunability of electron recombination time and light to electricity conversion efficiency to superior values in semiconductor sensitized solar cells via optimized design of nanocrystal light sensitizer shape is discussed here.
The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

Almost 3,000 supermarkets in Brazil are pledging to avoid selling meat from cattle raised in the Amazon rainforest to curb illegal deforestation.

READ MORE

March 25, 2013
Andy Soos, ENN

Humans have used oil shale as a fuel since prehistoric times, since it generally burns without any processing. Oil shale, also known as kerogen shale, is an organic-rich fine-grained sedimentary rock containing kerogen (a solid mixture of organic chemical compounds) from which liquid hydrocarbons called shale oil (not to be confused with tight oil—crude oil occurring naturally in shales) can be produced. As part of President Obama’s strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible development of the nation’s energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the Department’s final plan for encouraging research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and tar sands resources on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The Record of Decision and plan amendments make nearly 700,000 acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming available for potential oil shale leasing and about 130,000 acres available for potential tar sands leasing in Utah.

READ MORE

March 25, 2013
Editor

To help reduce traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions in New York City, and better serve customers, Verizon has rolled out a fleet of 25 buses that will pick up company technicians at central locations throughout the city and then transport them to local job sites. The fleet - known as MAGIC, which stands for Mobile Area Garage Installation Center - removes approximately 250 Verizon trucks from the city's roads and frees up the same number of parking spots.

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

A study of mobile phone data - used by advertisers or even released publicly - reveals that individuals can be identified using only four location points.

READ MORE

March 25, 2013
University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute, via EurekAlert

Scientists from the Nano-Science Center at the Niels Bohr Institut, Denmark and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that a single nanowire can concentrate the sunlight up to 15 times of the normal sun light intensity. The results are surprising and the potential for developing a new type of highly efficient solar cells is great.

Due to some unique physical light absorption properties of nanowires, the limit of how much energy we can utilize from the sun's rays is higher than previous believed. These results demonstrate the great potential of development of nanowire-based solar cells, says PhD Peter Krogstrup on the surprising discovery that is described in the journal Nature Photonics.

READ MORE

March 25, 2013

The UK government's chief scientist says that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods, drought and storms over the next 25 years.

READ MORE

March 24, 2013


Environmental Studies Program introduces food studies track
Tufts Daily
A new track for environmental studies majors available starting next semester will focus on food systems and their relationship with the environment. The Committee on Curricula for the Schools of Arts & Sciences and Engineering approved the new track ...

READ MORE

March 24, 2013


Environmental scientist to discuss habitat gardening at Lake Norman
Charlotte Observer
Mary Stauble, a nationally recognized environmental educator and consultant, will be the guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Lake Norman Covekeepers. The meeting is 7 p.m. March 27 at the East Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department on South ...

READ MORE

March 24, 2013

Falcons rapidly evolved their renowned hunting skills in an evolutionary race to survive, a study finds.

READ MORE

March 24, 2013

Doctors believe amniotic fluid may hold the key to healing a gut disease which can be fatal in premature babies.

READ MORE

March 24, 2013

How games can make it easier to learn

READ MORE

March 24, 2013

Extinction has always been with us - but is it always a bad thing?

READ MORE

March 24, 2013

The lack of a protein in Down's syndrome brains could be the cause of learning and memory problems, says a US study.

READ MORE

March 24, 2013


NTU scientist develops a multi-purpose wonder material to tackle environmental ...
Space Daily
A new wonder material that can generate hydrogen, produce clean water and even create energy. Science fiction? Hardly, and there's more - It can also desalinate water, be used as flexible water filtration membranes, help recover energy from ...

and more »

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

A collection of rare space memorabilia, including valuable notes from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 13 missions to the moon, is to go on sale in New York.

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

Could sub-Saharan Africa attract world-class science?

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

A billboard that draws humidity from the air in a rain-starved part of Peru delivers 96 litres of water a day - and has become a local attraction.

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

Palaeontologists unveil the reconstructed skeleton and fossilised remains of a giant pterosaur which used to rule the skies over Brazil millions of years ago.

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

The last surviving member of the team which first conquered Mount Everest in 1953 dies aged 89 in a Derbyshire nursing home.

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

University of Leicester students calculate the power contained in the breath of MPs as they debate - but it falls short of helping with heating bills.

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

The space rock that hit Earth 65 million years ago, widely implicated in killing off the dinosaurs, was probably a fast-moving comet, researchers say.

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

Why is sugar so addictive?

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

The issue of safe clean drinking water in China is of increasing concern the BBC's John Sudworth reports

READ MORE

March 22, 2013

Striking views of the natural world from image competition's winners

READ MORE

March 21, 2013

Temperature tolerance is key to the spread of wasp spiders into northern Europe, according to scientists.

READ MORE

Pages