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This month we look at fluorination for enhanced electrocatalytic activity, anodes with sub-nanoparticles for extended battery cycle life, supply-side factors that determine cooking fuel use, and more.

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  • Drivers and impacts of climate change

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    • Polymer electrolyte water electrolysis is a promising technology for clean hydrogen production, but high-performance catalysts that can withstand the harsh anodic conditions are lacking. Now, mass-selected iridium-tantalum oxides are shown to have high catalytic activity and stability towards the oxygen evolution reaction under such conditions.

      • Marko Malinovic
      • Marc Ledendecker
      News & Views
    • Battery development needs both scientific and engineering breakthroughs. Starting from an atomic understanding of particle growth mechanisms, a remarkable upscaling of a sub-nanometer-sized silicon-based negative electrode — from coin-sized cells to battery packs of over 100 kWh — is now presented.

      • Lars Giebeler
      News & Views
    • The advancement of perovskite photovoltaics has led to a large increase in the volume of published data, which is not always easy to find or reuse. Now, researchers have consistently formatted parameters related to fabrication and performance of over 42,000 solar cells and made them available for analysis in an open-access database.

      • Marina S. Leite
      News & Views
    • The path to transition billions of people to clean cooking methods is fraught with controversy and unanswered questions. Focusing on the transition to liquefied petroleum gas, a new large-scale multi-country study offers important insights on what determinants of the transition require close attention and policy response.

      • Caroline Ochieng
      News & Views
    • The availability, facile handling and low toxicity of ethanol make direct ethanol fuel cells an attractive proposition, yet the performance of the catalysts they use is still limited. Now, the performance of palladium–nitrogen–carbon catalysts for the key reactions is improved by introduction of fluorine, which regulates the local environment of the active site.

      • Vincenzo Baglio
      News & Views
  • Decarbonizing the built environment sector is key to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, yet there are major barriers to the adoption of emerging energy technologies in buildings. Building demonstrators could help overcome such barriers by trialling technologies and engaging experts across research, construction and policy.

    • Joanna Clarke
    • Justin Searle
    Comment
  • The United States and other G7 countries are considering a framework for mandatory climate risk disclosure by companies. However, unless a globally acceptable hybrid corporate governance model can be forged to address the disparities among different countries’ governance systems, the proposed framework may not succeed.

    • Paul Griffin
    • Amy Myers Jaffe
    Comment
  • The scientific research environment struggles to be an inclusive and diverse place. Initiatives such as the Minority Carriers event at the Photovoltaics Specialists Conference not only support marginalized researchers but also delineate the changes that need to be made and actions that should be taken to make the research space inclusive.

    • Lyndsey McMillon-Brown
    Comment
  • Silicon has around ten times the specific capacity of graphite but its application as an anode in post-lithium-ion batteries presents huge challenges. After decades of development, silicon-based batteries are now on the verge of large-scale commercial success.

    • Yi Cui
    Tales of Invention
  • The financial sector relies on climate risk assessments that overlook uncertainties. COP26 provides a platform for regulators to agree on acceptable risk tolerances, as the science of asset climate risk matures.

    Editorial
  • As increasingly complex and optimized energy systems prepare to cope with a variety of risks including climate shocks and extreme weather events, a myopic focus on economic efficiency can significantly jeopardize critical energy services.

    • Andrew S. Jin
    • Benjamin D. Trump
    • Igor Linkov
    Comment

5th anniversary

The January 2021 issue marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of Nature Energy.
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