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NUCLEAR FUSION DREAM MAKES A GREAT LEAP

Since mid-’50s, nuclear fusion (the same process that powers the stars) has allowed the dream of clean and virtually limitless energy, fuelled by two easily available forms of hydrogen, and producing almost no radioactive waste and no emissions of greenhouse … Continua llegint

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NUCLEAR POWER TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

If four of the world’s top climate and energy scientists gather to write an open letter, this letter should attract considerable attention and interest. But if this letter calls on world leaders to support development of safer nuclear power systems, … Continua llegint

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DOES ANYONE UNDERSTAND THE QUANTUM THEORY?

Niels Bohr, one of the fathers of the quantum theory, said in 1922: “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, then you haven’t understood it”. And I would add here: Even if you found it disconcerting, you probably didn’t understand … Continua llegint

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HOW CAN CHEMISTS SELL CHEMISTRY TO SOCIETY?

The progress of mankind in the last 150-200 years, extremely much higher than in the previous 5000 years, is thanks in large part to chemistry. Over these last 200 years the chemical industry has absolutely transformed human life. The products … Continua llegint

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NUCLEAR POWER: FROM MARIE CURIE TO ANGELA MERKEL

The Fukushima disaster in 2011 turned the German people against nuclear energy, and chancellor Angela Merkel immediately announced the shuttering of all the reactors by about 2022 or 2023 (quite before their life expectancy). In any case, Germany is ending … Continua llegint

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THE PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT CATALYST

Catalysis provides powerful tools for efficiently and selectively making/breaking chemical bonds, which is essential for converting raw materials (basic chemicals) into useful products for society in an eco-friendly fashion. Despite the huge developments of catalysis in the past few decades, … Continua llegint

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CATALYSIS AND ITS GREAT VALUE FOR SOCIETY

The production of petrochemicals derived from crude oil, the synthesis of small molecules that act as drugs and have specific functions in our body or the removal of waste and toxic products from the environment. These chemical transformations (and countless … Continua llegint

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