Conservation of Scarce Natural Resources
Materials chemistry can help to reduce, replace and recycle the use of scarce natural resources.
New methods to extract phosphorus from soil, rivers and oceans can be developed
Alternative energy storage technologies can be designed that do not rely on supplies of lithium
Materials chemists will design new catalytic processes that do not require platinum, together with new materials for appliances and solar cells that are free from indium. Alternatives to rare earth metals in a range of applications should also be considered
A concerted global strategy to optimise the supply of scarce natural resources is urgently required in the interim, until technological alternatives can be delivered
Many of the goals outlined here should be achievable within a relatively short timescale, and will help to improve the world for this generation and the succeeding ones.
Contact and Further Information
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