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  • Glue could be the magic ingredient for cheap and efficient CO₂ capture

    The Conversation , 28th Jun 2019

    Carbon capture and storage is a hot topic among researchers striving to save the planet from climate change. Scientists are constantly trying to develop and improve materials which can capture carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere. At the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University, we’ve developed a promising new material from a liquid amine - a chemical which is known for its ability to react with CO₂, but in liquid form can’t do so effectively.
    By adding just enough glue to make the liquid amine fluff up into a solid, the resulting new material is capable of capturing one-fifth of its own weight in CO₂.

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  • A sticky solution could improve carbon capture materials

    Space Daily , 24th Jun 2019

    Is glue the answer to climate change? Researchers at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University have proven that it could certainly help.
    They have developed a new material capable of capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) with the key ingredient being a common epoxy resin you probably have at home.

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  • Black plastic can’t be recycled – but we’ve just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy

    The Conversation , 17th Jun 2019

    "Only a small proportion of the hundreds of types of plastics can be recycled by conventional technology. But there are other things we can do to reuse plastics after they’ve served their original purpose. My research, for example, focuses on chemical recycling, and I’ve been looking into how food packaging can be used to create new materials like wires for electricity." - Dr Alvin Orbaek White

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  • Researchers share their protocol for handling carbon nanotubes

    Phys.org , 17th Jun 2019

    In collaboration with a Rice University laboratory, the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University has developed and shared a low-cost method to safely handle the transfer of bulk carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials. It doesn't take much more than 10 minutes, a couple of bags and a big bucket to keep the nanomaterials in their place.

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  • Nanomaterial safety on a nano budget

    7th Space , 13th Jun 2019

    Barron said it took lab members time to learn to use the protocol efficiently, "but now they can get their samples in 5 to 10 minutes." He's sure other labs can and will enhance the technique for their own circumstances. He noted a poster presented at the Ninth Guadalupe Workshop on the proper handling of carbon nanotubes earned recognition and discussion among the world's premier researchers in the field, noting the importance of the work for agencies in general.

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