Chemistry at the nexus of water and energy
New article collection brings together content from across Nature Research that focuses on the chemistry of energy production and water treatment.
Our ability to harness reactions that absorb or release energy is often contingent on water as a mediator. We can appreciate this effect simply by considering the steam that drives our electricity-generating turbines, the rivers that flow through our hydroelectric plants, and the freshwater–saltwater interface from which we can harvest blue energy (the energy available from the difference in salinity). Whether we split water (as plants do), make it (as a product of combustion), or just drink it, this compound is inexorably tied to energy. Chemistry is at the heart of these topics and this article collection brings together content from Nature, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Nature Reviews Materials, Nature Chemistry, Nature Energy, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications and Communications Chemistry that focuses on the chemistry of energy production and water treatment.
By Liesbet Lieben, Nature Research