Environmental Science applications of synchrotron light
Synchrotron based techniques have made a major impact in the field of environmental science in the last ten years. High resolution allows the study of ultra-dilute substances, the identification of species and the ability to track pollutants as they move through the environment. Diamond is playing an important role in monitoring and predicting the effects of human activities on local and global environments. This knowledge will enable the development of strategies to reduce our overall environmental impact.
To discuss possible environmental science experiments at Diamond, please contact the relevant beamline scientist or Andy Dent.
Potential industrial users should contact Elizabeth Shotton.
Listen to Diamond scientists and users talk about environmental applications in the Diamond podcast.
Environmental Science Highlights
- Electric-field-induced phase transformations in lead-free piezoelectric ceramics
01 Jun 2011
Piezoelectric materials are mainstream components for both consumer and industrial applications in a market worth an estimated $10.7 billion annually. The vast majority of this realm is served by the Read more...
- Nanoscale morphology development in polymer:fullerene photovoltaic blends during solvent casting
01 Jun 2011
Growing concerns about fuel security and global warming have made the development and use of sustainable (low carbon) sources of energy an increasingly attractive proposition. Harvesting energy from sunlight Read more...
- Complex metal hydrides show promise for hydrogen storage
26 May 2011
Combinatorial high-throughput screening at Diamond may prove useful in discovering novel bulk hydrogen storage materials, according to new research published this month in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Read more...
- Moving towards a green, hydrogen-based economy: structure of an oxygen-tolerant, highly active hydrogenase
13 Oct 2010
Dr Pedro Matias, ITQB, Universidade Nova de Lisboa The three-dimensional structure of [NiFeSe] hydrogenase from D. vulgaris Hildenborough in its oxidised, “as isolated” state has been determined Read more...
- Gated pores for gas storage
07 Oct 2010
A major programme of research into metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as materials for hydrogen and fuel gas storage is underway at the University of Nottingham. Safe, efficient hydrogen storage is a pre-condition Read more...
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