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Fuel and chemicals from steel plant exhaust gases


Carbon monoxide-rich exhaust gases from steel plants are only being reclaimed to a minor extent as power or heat. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new recycling process for this materially unused carbon resource: They successfully produced fuel and specialty chemicals from these exhaust ...


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Finding valuable materials in metallurgical dumps


When it comes to important raw materials, Germany is dependent on imports - a situation that government and industry would love to change. Could we possibly have buried things in dumps that we could still use? Might the blast-furnace slag, converter dust, or blast-furnace gas sludge deposited in ...


„UMSICHT“ science award goes to a Dresden scientist for Organic Solar Cells

Jan Meiß developed transparent organic solar cells with high efficiency


On 4th July 2012 the UMSICHT scientific award 2012 was awarded to the scientist Jan Meiß for his dissertation „New Material Concepts for Organic Solar Cells“. The award was presented to him in Oberhausen by Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich Grönemeyer, Chairman of the Wissenschaftsforum Ruhr e.V., who ...


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Defective plastics repair themselves


Indestructible things are a figment of the imagination of advertising. Even plastic components that have to stand up to major mechanical loads can break. The reason for this are microcracks that may be found in any component part. Researchers have now come up with elastic polymers that heal ...


Impregnating plastics with carbon dioxide


Everyone has heard that carbon dioxide is responsible for global warming. But the gas also has some positive characteristics. Researchers are now impregnating plastics with compressed CO2 in a process that could lead to new applications ranging from colored contact lenses to bacteria-resistant ...


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