Argumentative essay question for chemistry students (2016)

Researchers have developed man-made diamonds that when in close proximity of radioactive field, can generate electric current as a nuclear battery. They claim to have paved the way to a new clean ‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as, despite their low power, their batteries appear to be highly efficient as well as emission and maintenance free.

Read more here or watch the following video and then answer the following question:

Some researchers claim that when it comes to energy-harvesting the risks posed by tampering with radioactivity and the energy required to build nuclear batteries cannot be offset by their potential benefits. Argue for or against this claim and provide up-to-date scientific evidence to support your stance. 



Author: Kallia Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts

EAP/ESP lecturer and instructor Academic Writing Specialist School of Science and Engineering University of Crete Tel. (0030) 2810 545102 Office Γ301, Chemistry Department Panistimioupoli Vouton, Heraklion, Crete, 71003

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