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Green Chemistry

Chemistry has always had a central role in the provision of food and energy, materials and medicines. Recent years have increasingly seen chemistry research move towards environmentally friendly, sustainable products and processes, and the focus of the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Green chemistry is the development of sustainable means for the provision of food, energy and water. 

This Collection features selected Green Chemistry content published in the Nature family of journals. These research, review, comment and protocol articles have been sorted into four categories:

Water splitting includes articles related to artificial photosynthesis, or electrochemical reactions of water. More content on this topic can be found in the related collections Electrocatalysis for fuels and Chemistry at the nexus of water and energy.

Carbon dioxide collects articles that involve the trapping and downstream reactions of carbon dioxide.

Biomass utilisation covers the conversion of biomass to fuels and other value-added products.

Greener synthesis articles describe developments aimed at making chemical reactions more environmentally friendly, both in terms of the processes and the safety of the products. A full list of related articles published across nature.com can be found on the Green Chemistry subject page.

The section on Cleaner water contains articles relating to harvesting, desalination and disinfection of water.

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Adsorption-based atmospheric water harvesting device for arid climates

Hyunho Kim, Sameer R. Rao, Eugene A. Kapustin, Lin Zhao, Sungwoo Yang, Omar M. Yaghi & Evelyn N. Wang Nature Communications 9, Article number: 1191 (2018)

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Highly efficient solar vapour generation via hierarchically nanostructured gels

Fei Zhao, Xingyi Zhou, Ye Shi, Xin Qian, Megan Alexander, Xinpeng Zhao, Samantha Mendez, Ronggui Yang, Liangti Qu & Guihua Yu Nature Nanotechnology 13 489–495 (2018)

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Steam generation under one sun enabled by a floating structure with thermal concentration

George Ni, Gabriel Li, Svetlana V. Boriskina, Hongxia Li, Weilin Yang, TieJun Zhang & Gang Chen Nature Energy 1, Article number: 16126 (2016)

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Rapid water disinfection using vertically aligned MoS2 nanofilms and visible light

Chong Liu, Desheng Kong, Po-Chun Hsu, Hongtao Yuan, Hyun-Wook Lee, Yayuan Liu, Haotian Wang, Shuang Wang, Kai Yan, Dingchang Lin, Peter A. Maraccini, Kimberly M. Parker, Alexandria B. Boehm & Yi Cui Nature Nanotechnology 11 1098–1104 (2016)

 

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