Removing the fossil from the fuel

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Fossil fuels – coal, gas and oil produced millions of years ago from decomposed life dense with carbon and hydrogen – are vital for modern life. Despite the growth of renewable energy technology, 80% of the energy used still comes from fossil fuels. So does half of the food that we eat and the pharmaceuticals that we consume.

The race is on to develop cleaner energy systems. Professor Lee Cronin, Regius Chair of Chemistry, University of Glasgow describes his work at the fundamental, device and system level to explore new routes to solar fuels.


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