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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 28, 2017

Transformer-like carbon nanostructure engineered, solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 28, 2017.

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Power of materials: These door handles use titanium dioxide to stop the spread of germs

By April Gocha / August 5, 2015

Two new inventions are using the power of materials to help prevent spread of germs across some of the most frequently touched surfaces we encounter every day—door handles.

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Photocatalysis for clean water—Putting sunshine to work for health and safety

By Eileen De Guire / April 25, 2014

Addressing the global water crisis, a recent paper in Catalysis Science & Technology reviews the current status of solar disinfection technology.

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Rendering cotton self-cleaning by coating with titania and silver iodide

By Eileen De Guire / December 21, 2011

Typical SEM images of (a) N-TiO2-cotton and (b) AgI-N-TiO2-cotton. Reprinted with permission from ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, DOI: 10.1021/am201251d. Copyright 2011 American Chemical Society. A recent press release from the American Chemical Society about a coating that imparts self-cleaning properties to cotton caught my eye, probably because I am my family’s laundress, or perhaps because…

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Disordered TiO2 nanocrystal surface yields durable, more efficient photocatalyst

By / March 18, 2011

TEM image of a Ti02 nanocrystal after hydrogenation reveals engineered disorder on the crystal’s surface, a change that enables the photocatalyst to absorb infrared light. Credit S. Mao et al; Science Express. By tinkering with the outer layer of titanium oxide nanocrystals, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have figured out a way to turn…

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Inexpensive radial ZnO nanowire brushes ‘scrub’ toxic compounds from water

By / September 30, 2010

Low-magnification SEM image of the hierarchical nanostructure consisting of radially aligned ZnO nanowires grown on electrospun poly-l-lactide nanofibers. Inset: schematic representation of the hierarchical nanostructure. Credit: JACerS. In a story just published in one of ACerS’ technical journals, a group of researchers from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) report they have discovered what appears…

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New material developed for photocatalysis

By / August 25, 2010

Hollow rods of titanium oxide with the solid manganese oxide core removed. (Credit: UConn.) According to a University of Connecticut press release, researchers believe they have developed a new material that could be used as a catalyst in alternative fuel development. Featured in the September issue of the nanotechnology journal, Small, University of Connecticut chemistry…

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Titania–concrete combination in roadways reduces NOx levels 25-45%

By / July 24, 2010

Credit: TU/e Earlier this month, Jos Brouwers, a professor of building materials at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), reported that tests on a new stretch of roadway in the municipality of Hengelo indicate that concrete coated with titanium dioxide can significantly cut residual NOx automobile emissions, a major source acid rain and smog. In a…

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Video of the Week: Titanium dioxide to convert optical energy to mechanical energy

By / June 2, 2010

[flash preview=force] In a recent interview with Nanowerk, Ayusman Sen, a professor at the Department of Chemistry at Penn State, explained how he uses titanium dioxide to convert optical energy to mechanical energy via photocatalysis. The team’s findings were published recently in Advanced Functional Materials. “The whole system consists only of titania, water, sometimes…

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Victoria Knox: Learning about ceramic processing, photocatalysis and her experience at Alfred University

By / June 23, 2009

Victoria Knox is a young scientist and doctoral student at Alfred University. She discusses her research in the areas of ceramic processing and photocatalysis, and the applications for materials such as alumina.

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