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For Oil, Drugs New York (UPI) March 25, 2005
The catalysts on which more than 20 percent of world industrial production is based -- including the expensive platinum employed to scrub clean the exhausts of millions of vehicles and the molecules pharmaceutical giants use to manufacture drugs -- soon could be replaced in large part by more effective nanotechnology upgrades, experts told UPI's Nano World.
Fuel Cell Is Tiny, Versatile Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 28, 2005
A fuel cell designed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign can operate without a solid membrane separating fuel and oxidant, and functions with alkaline chemistry in addition to the more common acidic chemistry.
Could Solve Billion-Dollar Problem Houston TX (SPX) Feb 24, 2005
New research from Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology finds that nanoparticles of gold and palladium are the most effective catalysts yet identified for remediation of one of the nation's most pervasive and troublesome groundwater pollutants, trichloroethene or TCE.
the Road to Fuel-Cell Cars
Automakers are developing fleets of clean hydrogen-powered cars, but basic technical and market obstacles will keep them out of dealer showrooms for years.
New Plastic Can See In The Dark Toronto QC (SPX) Jan 19, 2005
Imagine a home with "smart" walls responsive to the environment in the room, a digital camera sensitive enough to work in the dark, or clothing with the capacity to turn the sun's power into electrical energy. Researchers at University of Toronto have invented an infrared-sensitive material that could shortly turn these possibilities into realities.