I’ve chosen Materials for a Sustainable Future. Certain chemical substances are needed for us to maintain our current lifestyle: these are limited and some are becoming rare. Many changes in behaviour as well as technology will be needed to ensure that future generations can benefit from these substances. The book is written for all readers, not just scientists: each chapter is written by a different author and some are more accessible than others to non-scientists. It’s over 700 pages long so you may want to dip into particular topics rather than read it from cover to cover!
There are sections about chemical elements (gold, helium, uranium, various metals), biomass, and materials needed for water purification, manufacturing, energy production and buildings. One of the editors is Janet Scott from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and there are other contributions from University of Bath researchers. You can see the table of contents on Google books.
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