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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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Economic slump, not natural gas boom, responsible for drop in CO2 emissions

23-Jul-2015

The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession - not the reduced use of coal, research from the University of California Irvine, the University of Maryland, and the International Institute ...

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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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Shallow fracking raises questions for water, new Stanford research shows

23-Jul-2015

The United States now produces about as much crude oil as Saudi Arabia does, and enough natural gas to export in large quantities. That's thanks to hydraulic fracturing, a mining practice that involves a rock-cracking pressurized mix of water, sand and chemicals.Ongoing research by Stanford ...

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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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A most singular nano-imaging technique

Berkeley Lab's SINGLE provides images of individual nanoparticles in solution

20-Jul-2015

Just as proteins are one of the basic building blocks of biology, nanoparticles can serve as the basic building blocks for next generation materials. In keeping with this parallel between biology and nanotechnology, a proven technique for determining the three dimensional structures of individual ...

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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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