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A table top 3D laserprinter for glass microsystems

Dr. Yves Bellouard of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is coordinator of a new European project, Femtoprint, to be started this month. The goal is to design a convenient 3D laser printer that will print microstructures in glass.

Posted: May 10th, 2010

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Chemist stitches up speedier chemical reactions

Some people have streets named after them. Warren Piers, a chemistry professor at the University of Calgary, has a catalyst penned after him. Piers and former graduate student Edwin van der Eide reveal the inner workings of the Piers catalyst at a molecular level of detail not previously available.

Posted: May 9th, 2010

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New nanocatalyst improves fuel cell technology

Investigating the use of alternative materials as catalysts in fuel cells, Perla Balbuena has found a class of composite materials that show early indications of being just as effective - and even more durable - than the costly platinum catalysts typically used in fuel cells.

Posted: May 9th, 2010

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What do we know about nanotechnology?

Today, nanotechnology brings us self-cleaning windows and stain-resistant pants. These products are useful, but not exactly revolutionary. It is the promise of nanotechnology that is intriguing.

Posted: May 8th, 2010

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