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Making capacitors and capturing carbon dioxide… using Coca Cola®

An international consortium are using the world’s most popular soft drink to produce a host of carbon-based storage materials With 1.9 billion servings sold per day worldwide, Coca Cola® is the most popular soft drink on the planet. But a consortium, led by scientists at Curtin University in Australia, haven’t been using their stockpile to quench their...


Forbes: Cities Are Running Out Of Freshwater. Here’s How Science Can Help

Hi everyone! In the last few weeks, I’ve had several comments from people who are growing increasingly frustrated by the autoplay-ads on the Forbes website, and so haven’t read my latest articles. Without exception, they’ve asked me why I don’t just post all of my stories on here instead. The truth is that (as I’ve mentioned in...


Biocompatible energy storage device that runs on body fluids

Korean researchers have developed an implantable supercapacitor that could be used to power future medical devices Implantable devices aren’t new – pacemakers, which use electrical impulses to regulate the beating of a heart – have improved the quality of life for millions of people since the 1960s. But they can be rejected by a patient’s immune system,...


Working Down Under

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve blogged – things have been rather busy since we arrived in New Zealand. I’ll post an update on general life stuff soon, but I thought you guys were especially overdue an update on all things work-related! As you might remember from this post, one of the things I’d hoped would happen in NZ was that...


Turning digestive gases into carbon nanomaterials

French researchers say that a mix of carbon dioxide and methane could be the perfect feedstock for high quality carbon nanomaterials. These days, graphene seems to make most carbon news headlines, but there’s another carbon nanomaterial that’s long had a role in industry, but it’s not often discussed. Carbon black is mainly seen as a reinforcing filler for...


Are we a step closer to 3D printed carbon nanotube composites?

Electrically conductive CNT-composites could be produced using standard commercial 3D printers, according to Italian researchers. In the past five years, additive manufacturing (AM) has gone from a tool used exclusively in industry for rapid prototyping, to a new, widepsread approach to developing high-value products. The automotive, aerospace and architecture...


Modelling the crashworthiness of graphene composites

Researchers from the University of Sunderland have shown that adding graphene to glass-fibre composites could improve their crash performance. There’s no doubt that the automotive industry is in a state of transition. Hybrid and electric vehicles are growing in popularity, and driverless cars no longer feel quite so futuristic. But there’s another trend...


Ultra-long nanofibers could build better lithium-ion batteries

Chinese researchers say that high-rate, long-life batteries could be one step closer, thanks to nanofiber anodes. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have become the go-to option for smartphones and other devices thanks to their high energy density and long life. Despite their mass-adoption, further advances in their development continue to hit research headlines. The...


Investment in renewable energy key to securing future of our cities

I’ve been a big fan of the Irish Independent my entire reading life – I grew up in a house where it was always available. So when they published this wonderful review of Science and the City, I was amazed, flattered, and overwhelmed! And then Paul Melia (the paper’s Environment Editor), contacted me to commission a piece on the financial reality...


Forbes: October - December

So, October and November 2016 were crazy months for me. October was full of life-logistics in advance of our move, a small amount of book promo around the US launch, and my last visit home to Ireland for a while (we won’t be there again until August 2017). And in November, we actually left London…. my previous post will give you an idea of how mixed...