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Starch from CO2/methanol – a case report

This is a machine translation of the original article 中国科学报】凭“空”造淀粉,他们如何把梦想变为现实? 2024-05-22 来源: 中国科学报 刘如楠 [China Science News] Create starch out of thin air. How do they turn their dreams…

A tri-band electrochromic smart window for energy savings in buildings

A tri-band electrochromic smart window for energy savings in buildings

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-024-01349-z http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0517/c95952-20171177.html A team of researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Silicate Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Professor Ronggui Yang of Huazhong…

China has 33,000 environmental monitoring stations and aims for a comprehensive national system

https://english.news.cn/20240505/4a916bfb87294d58bdf8b21e062c6f7a/c.html China has outlined measures to expedite the development of a modern eco-environment monitoring system, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. China has already stablished…

China’s huge cement industry might eventually reach net-zero emissions

Cement production is a significant source of human-induced carbon emissions. China accounts for more than half of the world’s annual cement production. The industry’s carbon emissions are estimated to…

CAS DICP develops high energy-density aqueous battery based on halogen multielectron transfer

https://english.cas.cn/newsroom/research_news/chem/202404/t20240423_660866.shtml https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-024-01515-9 Traditional non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries have a high energy density, but their safety is compromised due to the flammable organic electrolytes they utilize. Aqueous batteries use…

A windfarm at 5000 m altitude in Tibet

https://spc.jst.go.jp/news/240404/topic_4_04.html The first wind turbine was installed at the Core Satsakha 300MW Wind Power Plant in Tibet Autonomous Region, China. The wind farm has a maximum elevation…

A plasma-electrochemical cascade pathway converts ambient air and water into hydroxylamine

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-024-01330-w https://www.cas.cn/cm/202404/t20240422_5012155.shtml Zeng Jie and Prof. Geng Zhigang from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) developed a new method to synthesize hydroxylamine under mild…

Layered zeolites help to convert polyethylene plastics to high-grade gasoline

Layered zeolites help to convert polyethylene plastics to high-grade gasoline

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-024-01506-z https://www.cas.cn/syky/202404/t20240410_5011266.shtml Han Buxing’s group at the CAS Institute of Chemistry, in collaboration with researchers from Beijing Normal University, Peking University, etc., have used layered self-supporting molecular…

Sinopec reports drilling 5,200 m borehole for geothermal exploration on Hainan

Sinopec reports drilling 5,200 m borehole for geothermal exploration on Hainan

https://english.news.cn/20240408/ae681538940c4e86ac9783f69ec59242/c.html Sinopec has completed drilling China’s deepest geothermal exploration well, Fushenre-1. The borehole is located in the southern island province of Hainan, reaching a subterranean depth of…

China’s afforestation programs: about 25% contribution to global greenlands

China’s afforestation programs: about 25% contribution to global greenlands

  According to official data, in 2023 the area of afforestation in China was approximately 4 million hectares, the area of grassland improvement was approximately 4.38 million…

China will establish over 200 CO2 emission standards

https://spc.jst.go.jp/news/240205/topic_3_03.html China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced that it will establish a system of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions peak-out carbon neutrality standards for the…

China Environmental Valley in Hefei has over 400 enterprises

China Environmental Valley in Hefei has over 400 enterprises

http://en.people.cn/n3/2024/0127/c90000-20127612.html Dubbed an “ecological environment hospital,” China Environment Valley in Hefei has become a thriving hub for environmental businesses. By the end of 2023, it housed over…

Junheng Biotech obtains certificate for jet fuel oil made from waste oils and rift oil

Junheng Biotech obtains certificate for jet fuel oil made from waste oils and rift oil

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0123/c95952-20125488.html Henan Junheng Industry Group Biological Technology Co. has received airworthiness certificate for its fuel SAF from the Civil Aviation Administration of China on January 20, the…

Light-driven ammonia synthesis using lithium hydride

Light-driven ammonia synthesis using lithium hydride

https://www.cas.cn/syky/202401/t20240124_5001454.shtml https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-023-01395-8 Hydrogenation of nitrogen to synthesize ammonia is one of the key chemical reactions for sustaining life on earth and meeting the energy and chemical needs…

China Biodiversity Protection Strategy and Action Plan 2023-30

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0119/c95952-20124315.html The action plan of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment serves as a scientific guideline to improve the overall level of biodiversity protection governance and relates…

Powder catalysis achieves 16.9% quantum efficiency for photocatalytic hydrogen production

Powder catalysis achieves 16.9% quantum efficiency for photocatalytic hydrogen production

https://www.cas.cn/cm/202401/t20240118_5000870.shtml https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2023.12.005 Hydrogen production by total decomposition of water using suspended powder photocatalysts, although considered as one of the cheapest and easiest solar photochemical conversion pathways to…

A battery-free, wireless, and electricity-driven soft swimmer for water quality and virus monitoring

A battery-free, wireless, and electricity-driven soft swimmer for water quality and virus monitoring

https://english.news.cn/20240111/8050a8cfd6424502873e1b2a0de85c39/c.html https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.adk6301 A tiny, battery-free and wireless soft swimming robot can detect contaminants and pathogens in confined spaces. The miniaturized mobile electronic system is powered with external radio…

New national guidelines to improve sewage treatment facilities

http://en.people.cn/n3/2024/0112/c90000-20121167.html According to a document issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment,…

Afforestation and grassland restoration in Northern China proceeds according to plan

Afforestation and grassland restoration in Northern China proceeds according to plan

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2024/0108/c95952-20119326.html According to China’s State Forestry and Grassland Administration, in the second half of 2023 more than 667,000 ha land in Northwest, Northeast and North China were…

USTC: programmable artificial photosynthetic cells

USTC: programmable artificial photosynthetic cells

https://www.cas.cn/syky/202312/t20231208_4990877.shtml https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-42591-x Compared with natural photosynthetic organisms, editable artificial photosynthetic cells are able to convert CO2 into customizable high value-added fuels and chemicals more efficiently through rational…

Dalian: China’s first medium-speed high-power ammonia-fuelled engine

https://english.news.cn/20231207/1d0d3587b1ed427289fe12cfe9d2bdca/c.html China’s first medium-speed high-power ammonia-fuelled engine ignited successfully in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, marking China’s breakthrough in the related key technologies. The ammonia-fuelled engine, featuring…

China strikes balance between economic development and environmental goals

http://en.people.cn/202936/index.html By GT staff reporters (Global Times) 10:45, December 06, 2023 China is proactively reducing its consumption of fossil fuels and is shepherding the research and development…

Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai share low-carbon index 2023

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2023/1127/c95952-20102912.html The “China Urban Low Carbon Construction Level Index 2023” from the Urban Institute of Zhejiang University evaluated urban low-carbon construction levels for 297 cities above local…

Hydrogen-based electric bicycles show up in Chinese cities

Hydrogen-based electric bicycles show up in Chinese cities

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2023/1123/c95952-20101127.html The latest mode of transportation in China are electrically power assisted bicycle that runs on hydrogen. Yong’an Gong Technology, the developer of the hydrogen electric bicycles,…

China’s NDRC publishes 3 years plan to accelerate substitution of bamboo for plastics

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2023/1106/c95952-20093476.html China’s National Development and Reform Commission and four other departments recently announced a “Three-Year Action Plan for Accelerating the Development of Bamboo Substitutes” in order to…

A bio-inspired algicide might prevent cyanobacterial blooms in Taihu lake

A bio-inspired algicide might prevent cyanobacterial blooms in Taihu lake

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2023/1106/c95952-20093581.html https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2023.132110 Professor Rao Yijian’s team from Jiangnan University has developed an efficient algae suppression material through biomimetic design. Inspired by the excellent algicidal activity of cercosporin (CP),…

Many examples for current digital twin applications in China

http://(Web editor: Chang Sha, Du Mingming) http://en.people.cn/n3/2023/1025/c90000-20088806.html A staff member introduces a digital twin platform of the Yazhou Bay Science and Technology City in Sanya, south China’s…

China’s marine plastic litter recovery model “Blue Circle” wins UN’s “Champions of the Earth” award

China’s marine plastic litter recovery model “Blue Circle” wins UN’s “Champions of the Earth” award

http://j.people.com.cn/n3/2023/1031/c95952-20091307.html http://english.scio.gov.cn/videos/2023-10/31/content_116784757.htm https://www.unep.org/championsofearth/laureates/2023/blue-circle http://english.scio.gov.cn/videos/2023-10/31/content_116784757.htmThe United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced on October 30 that the UN Champions of the Earth Awards, the highest honor in the field…

A tin-based tandem electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction to ethanol with 80% selectivity

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-023-01389-3 A team of researchers has developed a cascade catalyst consisting of SnS2 nanosheets and monoatomic Sn to generate formic acid intermediates by carbon dioxide reduction on…

Engineered Vibrio generate CdS nanoparticles and produce 2,3-butane diol from wastewater

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-023-01233-2 https://english.cas.cn/newsroom/research_news/chem/202310/t20231012_378918.shtml Researchers led by Prof. GAO Xiang from the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. LU Lu from…

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