'Basic research scientists who invented something are not the best judges of where it is useful.'
Professor Brus of Columbia University talks about the invention of quantum dots.
Dr Michelle Moram of Imperial College London explains what might be possible with the development of a periodic hyper table - and asks us to imagine what materials we could design, with exactly the properties we desire.
Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have created an innovative electrocatalyst with the ability to directly convert carbon dioxide into alcohols and multicarbon fuels with the need for very low energy inputs.
Scientists all over the world are looking for solutions to the issues mankind is facing: climate change, the increase of human population, a desire for higher standards of living, etc. One of the trends they are contributing to is the macroscopic shift from a fossil fuel based economy towards a sustainable and carbon neutral one. More and more scientists are exploring the possibilities of nanoparticles to create novel materials supporting this shift. Unfortunately this process is slowed down because people are struggling with the first step: getting the right building blocks.