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Global Challenges

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Editors-in-Chief: Jörn Ritterbusch, Kirsten Severing, Editors: Prisca Henheik, Anna Troeger, Till von Graberg

Online ISSN: 2056-6646

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Call for Papers

Global Challenges is looking for quality research papers, reviews, editorials and commentaries spanning research and practice. The journal gives priority to quality research reports that develop our understanding of, or address, the global challenges Climate Change, Energy, Food Agriculture & Nutrition, Global Health, or Water. Currently, we are particularly welcoming submissions for the following special issues:

- Interdisciplinary Research and Impact

- Optimizing the Institutional Design of Scientific Advisory Committees for Quality, Salience, and Legitimacy

Our vision is to mobilize research, debate and leadership in the global challenges and create a platform for directing and setting the research and policy agenda.

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    Carbon-Based Sunlight Absorbers in Solar-Driven Steam Generation Devices

    Van-Duong Dao and Ho-Suk Choi

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700094

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    Recent developments in carbon-based sunlight absorbers in solar-driven steam generation systems are reviewed, including graphene, graphite, carbon nanotubes, other carbon materials, and carbon-based composites materials. In particular, important contributions worldwide that promise low-cost, efficient, robust, reusable, chemically stable, and excellent broadband solar absorption are highlighted. Furthermore, the crucial challenges associated with employing carbon materials in this field are emphasized.

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    New Insights into the Application of Lithium-Ion Battery Materials: Selective Extraction of Lithium from Brines via a Rocking-Chair Lithium-Ion Battery System

    Lihua He, Wenhua Xu, Yunfeng Song, Yunze Luo, Xuheng Liu and Zhongwei Zhao

    Version of Record online: 15 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700079

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    Lithium extraction from high Mg/Li ratio brine is a global technical problem. In this study, cathode material LiFePO4 is applied to extract lithium from the brine via a novel electrochemical system of LiFePO4 | NaCl solution | anion-exchange membrane | brine |FePO4. It displays a great perspective on the application in light of its high selectively, good cycling performance, effective lithium enrichment, and low cost.

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    Developing Evidence to Decision Frameworks and an Interactive Evidence to Decision Tool for Making and Using Decisions and Recommendations in Health Care

    Sarah E. Rosenbaum, Jenny Moberg, Claire Glenton, Holger J. Schünemann, Simon Lewin, Elie Akl, Reem A. Mustafa, Angela Morelli, Joshua P. Vogel, Pablo Alonso-Coello, Gabriel Rada, Juan Vásquez, Elena Parmelli, A. Metin Gülmezoglu, Signe A. Flottorp and Andrew D. Oxman

    Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700081

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    The purpose of Evidence to Decision frameworks is to help groups make systematic, transparent, and adaptable health care recommendations or decisions. This article describes the development of the frameworks and digital tool, revealing key stakeholder perspectives that are relevant for anyone seeking to use the framework, the tool, or develop similar approaches for decisions in other domains.

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    Enzyme Crystals and Hydrogel Composite Membranes as New Active Food Packaging Material

    Valentina Mirabelli, Shabnam Majidi Salehi, Luisa Angiolillo, Benny Danilo Belviso, Amalia Conte, Matteo Alessandro Del Nobile, Gianluca Di Profio and Rocco Caliandro

    Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700089

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    Composite membranes supporting a homogeneous hydrogel layer are used as building blocks to develop new biofilms based on lysozyme crystals. Its antimicrobial activity is much bigger than that shown by free lysozyme in solution, or even by films containing lysozyme immobilized in the molecular form. Lysozyme crystals and hydrogel composite membranes represent a promising surface material for food packaging applications.

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    An Aqueous Composition for Lubricant-Free, Robust, Slippery, Transparent Coatings on Diverse Substrates

    Avijit Baidya, Sarit Kumar Das and Thalappil Pradeep

    Version of Record online: 2 JAN 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201700097

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    An inexpensive aqueous coating material, providing robust, transparent, and liquid repellent properties without any lubricating fluid once cured, is demonstrated. It is stable over extreme mechano-thermochemical perturbations and can be coated on a variety of substrates. Being a liquid, it enables the creation of large surfaces, which makes this material unique for different applications, including atmospheric water harvesting.