New York Times – Decades ago, synthetic polymers became popular because they were cheap and durable. Now, scientists are creating material that self-destructs or breaks down for reuse on command.
C&EN – Combining UV disinfection with a photocatalytic membrane helps to reduce the bacteria and their genes in wastewater.
New York Times – The tiny creatures live on rock nodules containing metals like iron, cobalt and copper that are targeted for deep-sea mining in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone.
Nature – As demand for air conditioning climbs, some see a solution in the very thing that makes us sweat: the Sun.
New York Times – Milling, or grinding chemicals together without a solvent, could outperform established methods and yet be safe and simple enough for an inexperienced eighth grader to do.
Ensia – Smoldering peat gives off massive quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, but the search for solutions is on.
Nature – Materials scientists are creating next-generation mixtures with remarkable properties.
New York Times – A chemist’s journey to develop a new class of light-emitting molecules opens up a world of applications.
Discover – Carbon dioxide, the bane of climate change, can serve a positive role to boost geothermal energy output.
Nature – Chemists hope to break China’s monopoly on rare-earth elements by finding cheap, efficient ways to extract them from ore.