Role of chemistry ‘undervalued’ in sustainability drive

The UK public has “no understanding” of the role chemistry plays in tackling sustainability challenges and the fight against climate change. More than half of the 186 chemistry professionals questioned believe when it comes to the challenges of the 21st century, such as providing clean water, food security and renewable energy, society don’t understand chemists’ […]

Spinach helps boosts solar efficiency

You would associate spinach with Popeye the Sailor Man but it seems the vegetable can now work wonders for solar energy too. US scientists at Vanderbilt University discovered that combining spinach with silicon, which is the material used in solar cells, produced 2.5 times more electrical current than existing solar cells. They used the photosynthetic […]

US ‘smart’ car uses solar to generate energy

This may look like a machine used in a ‘Transformers’ film – but it’s actually a “smart” car with solar cells on the roof. American firm BASF created the electric vehicle, using its knowledge of chemistry, which generates energy to power the car’s climate control system. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has welcomed the firm’s […]