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  • With the global climate crisis, approaches to capture emissions are critical, with the heavy industry sector being particularly challenging to decarbonize. The authors describe a new enzyme cascade for converting industrial emissions into formate salts as a hydrogen carrier or building block for chemicals.

    • Jinhee Lee
    • Suk Min Kim
    • Yong Hwan Kim
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The design of CO2 electrolyzers is complicated by coupled transport and reaction phenomena. Here the authors develop a continuum model incorporating physical phenomena across multiple scales to predict the activity and selectivity of CO2 electrolysis, along with the loss of CO2 due to crossover in membrane electrode assemblies.

    • Eric W. Lees
    • Justin C. Bui
    • Adam Z. Weber
  • Achieving a net-zero future requires that hard-to-abate sectors be addressed. Co-production offers an opportunity to mitigate chemical and steel sector emissions by extracting H2 and CO from steelmaking off-gas and using them for chemical syntheses. The authors examine carbon mitigation and costs of co-producing chemicals and steel in China.

    • Yang Guo
    • Jieyi Lu
    • Denise L. Mauzerall
  • Real-life plastic waste exists as complex mixtures, posing a challenge for efficient upcycling. Now a sunlight-powered thermocatalytic process using a Ni-based catalyst converts a plastic mixture into CH4, H2O and HCl. Notably, chlorine poisoning is minimized through temperature modulation driven by the diurnal sunlight cycle.

    • Meng Wang
    • Yongjun Gao
    • Ding Ma
  • Robust decarbonization strategies for the petrochemical industry are hampered by many sources of uncertainty in greenhouse gas emissions estimates. Here the authors quantify and prioritize uncertainty sources, finding that the most significant factor is the lack of detailed data about specific production processes used in chemical facilities.

    • Luke Cullen
    • Fanran Meng
    • Jonathan M. Cullen
    AnalysisOpen Access
  • It is essential to develop new dressing designs for wounds that can maintain ideal thermal comfort even under high temperatures in outdoor conditions. Now, a daytime radiative cooling dressing based on a polyamide 6/silk fibroin bilayer is demonstrated to accelerate wound healing by reducing the thermal load for skin wounds under sunlight illumination.

    • Qian Zhang
    • Chao Qi
    • Jia Zhu
  • Identifying and estimating operative timescales can help win over a skeptical referee, as Tom Dursch recounts.

    • Thomas Dursch
    By the Numbers
  • Modeling chemical processes and systems underpins progress in chemical engineering science; we encourage submissions in this domain.

  • Jennifer Curtis from the University of California Davis talks to Nature Chemical Engineering about her path into particle technology, work in computational simulations of multiphase particle flows and the importance of industrial collaborations in advancing the field.

    • Alessio Lavino