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Fighting technological obsolescence

For many, the term ‘obsolescence’ has become synonymous with the industrial conspiracy to make consumer goods unsustainable. But in addition to planned obsolescence, technological obsolescence is of great concern. Iconic but controversial, the light bulb that has burned virtually...
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Synthetic fuels. The future of energy

The energy transition, in concrete terms: that’s what Prof. Hervé Jeanmart and his team have been studying at UCLouvain for three years. In 2015, with a consortium of five universities, they responded to Engie's call for proposals on the future of energy and the various vectors that can...
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Revolutionising batteries with polymers

For eight years, Prof. Jean-François Gohy, a researcher at UCLouvain's Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, has studied the use of polymers in batteries. Today, thanks to his work, more powerful batteries that recharge at the speed of light exist. And in addition, they respond to...
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Permafrost minerals predict our planet’s future

It was just a year ago that Sophie Opfergelt and her UCLouvain Earth and Life Institute team were taking permafrost samples in Alaska. Today, she is already drawing conclusions from analysing them but is not yet sure about the impact of melting Arctic permafrost on our planet’s...
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What will become of our insects and flowers?

  The climate changes we are experiencing today are already impacting the natural world around us. The average temperature is increasing, temperature and rainfall extremes are increasing, summer droughts are becoming commonplace. What influences will these climatic phenomena have on the...
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