There are constant warnings about the risks of exhausting supply of
vital resources, including the impact on our way of life. Professor
Animesh Jha, from the Institute for Materials Research at the University
of Leeds, UK, examines the sources of rare earth elements and the
research driving their use in emerging technologies.
A polymer network using polyaniline could be the solution to enhanced
hydrogen storage. Dr K Balasubramanian from the Defence Institute of
Advanced Technology (DIAT) in Pune, India, explains how this could
provide an alternative to traditional energy systems.
Professor Christophe Poinssot from the French Atomic Energy Commission
gives his view on the controversial area of whether energy generation should come from sources other than nuclear, in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
Materials scientists face the challenge of devising a passive waste form
for long-term immobilisation and disposal of the UK’s surplus separated
plutonium. Daniel Reid and Neil Hyatt from the University of Sheffield,
UK, outline the possibilities.