Month: November 2020

A simple guide to solar fuels 1 – Turning sunlight into a fuel

Turning sunlight into a liquid fuel might sound like the fantasy machinations of a sci-fi novel. A fuel that is abundant, sustainable, storable, and a portable source of energy? The reality is possibly even more exciting. Solar fuels could use energy in sunlight to convert COand methane, potent greenhouse gases, into high-value products, such as fertilizers, plastics or pharmaceuticals.


Catalysis through the ages 3 – electrocatalysts of the future

Electrocatalysts could be an energy game-changer. They could allow us to generate electricity, and produce fuels like petrol and diesel, using naturally abundant substances. Predicting a specific catalyst for any reaction will soon be within reach. It looks like the best days of the alchemist might still be ahead.