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Yara and BASF break ground on new ammonia plant

29-Jul-2015

Yara International ASA and BASF broke ground today on a world scale ammonia plant at the BASF site in Freeport, Texas. Total capital investment for the plant – which is expected to come online in 2017 – is estimated at $600 million. As part of the project, Yara will build an ammonia tank at the ...

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Changing the color of light

University of Delaware research team awarded $1 million Keck Foundation grant

28-Jul-2015

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light.They won't be tinkering with what you see ...

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Brown University begins study of early life chemical exposures

28-Jul-2015

Exposure to the endocrine disrupting chemicals bisphenol A, triclosan and phthalates is ubiquitous in the United States, raising concerns that they may affect health. With a new four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun ...

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QuantumSphere Completes State-of-the-Art Nanocatalyst Production Facility

27-Jul-2015

QuantumSphere, Inc. (QSI), a supplier of nanocatalyst technologies for industrial chemical processes, announced the completion of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the production of the company’s proprietary FeNIXTM nano iron catalyst product. FeNIX nanocatalysts were developed to ...

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Cages offer new direction in sustainable catalyst design

27-Jul-2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust.In an ...

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Bringing back the magic in metamaterials

23-Jul-2015

A single drop of blood is teeming with microorganisms - imagine if we could see them, and even nanometer-sized viruses, with the naked eye. That's a real possibility with what scientists call a "perfect lens." The lens hasn't been created yet but it is a theoretical perfected optical lens made ...

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NIST calculates high cost of hydrogen pipelines, shows how to reduce it

22-Jul-2015

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put firm numbers on the high costs of installing pipelines to transport hydrogen fuel - and also found a way to reduce those costs.Pipelines to carry hydrogen cost more than other gas pipelines because of the measures required to ...

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Weyl points: Wanted for 86 years

21-Jul-2015

Weyl points, the 3D analogues of the structures that make graphene exceptional, were theoretically predicted in 1929. Today, an international team of Physicists from MIT and Zhejiang University, found them in photonic crystals, opening a new dimension in photonics.In 1928 the English physicist ...

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Study finds metal foams capable of shielding X-rays, gamma rays, neutron radiation

21-Jul-2015

Research from North Carolina State University shows that lightweight composite metal foams are effective at blocking X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation, and are capable of absorbing the energy of high impact collisions. The finding means the metal foams hold promise for use in nuclear ...

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Molecular fuel cell catalysts hold promise for efficient energy storage

17-Jul-2015

In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but they are costly and rare. Now, a metal-free alternative catalyst for fuel cells may be at hand. In ...

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