Environment

Flexible cellulose aerogel to overcome brittleness

By / August 24, 2010

PopSci recently reported that a team of researchers have created a new cellulose aerogel. The researched was published in Nature Nanotechnology. The team, composed of scientists from the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, soaked cellulose in a metal compound solution and freeze-dried it, removing all the moisture and…

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With leap in catalytic oxygen production, Nocera predicts new era of ‘personalized energy systems’

By / August 23, 2010

Schematic of Daniel Nocera’s personalized energy system. Credit: MIT News Office Daniel Nocera likes it when he is called a revolutionary. “Yes, sure I am!,” he responded when a writer from the Nachricten aus der Chemie journal asked if “revolutionary” is an accurate description of him. To be sure, the journal probably anticipated this response,…

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UV coating that makes transparent architectural glass less lethal to birds gets Red Dot award

By / August 23, 2010

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/ornilux.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/ornilux.jpg}] We’ve all heard that “out of nowhere” whack on home or office windows and later found the carcass of some poor bird lying below it. It’s easy to imagine that this scenario gets played out thousands of times a day around the world. But, until I ran across this story at…

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FuelCell Energy, G3 Power Systems and egg ranch owner team up to power fuel cell with fowl gas

By / August 17, 2010

A FuelCell Energy 1.4 megawatt biogas fuel cell system in use at a watertreatment facility in Turlock, Calif. (Editor’s note: This post has been modified from its original version to correct that the fuel cells referenced in this story are based on molten carbonate technology.) No need to ask which came first – the fuel…

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Three-in-one diesel honeycomb ultra-high acicular mullite could slash costs for emission systems

By / August 10, 2010

Schematic of a typical, bulky and costly three-part diesel engine aftertreatment system. Credit: Pyzik, Ziebarth, Han and Yang; ACT. Mostly through sheer coincidence, I have been running across several articles (see below) regarding approaches to NOx emissions control. The latest comes from a new paper in the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology (DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7402.2010.02539.x)…

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