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Self-cleaning anodes could facilitate cost-effective coal-powered fuel cells

Using barium oxide nanoparticles, researchers have developed a self-cleaning technique that could allow solid oxide fuel cells to be powered directly by coal gas at operating temperatures as low as 750 degrees Celsius. The technique could provide a cleaner and more efficient alternative to conventional power plants for generating electricity from the nation's vast coal reserves.

Jun 21st, 2011

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Improving concrete performance with nanotechnology (w/video)

Every day, concrete structures crack and erode prematurely due to Alkali Silica Reactivity (ASR), a chemical reaction that causes fissures in the material as it sets. Jon Belkowitz, a doctoral student at Stevens Institute of Technology, plans to put an end to this problem through his study of chemical reactions within concrete at the nanoscale.

Jun 21st, 2011

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How dense is a cell?

Combining an ancient principle with new technology, MIT researchers have devised a way to answer that question.

Jun 21st, 2011

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Battery research gets extra juice with research center

Argonne's Center for Electrical Energy Storage is one of three Argonne-led Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) that were established in 2009 thanks to a special block grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that sought to establish five-year interdisciplinary programs focused around discrete scientific challenges.

Jun 21st, 2011

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Talking about nanotechnology's unimagined possibilities

The term "nanotechnology" covers a multitude of different technologies, and so a differentiated view of it is needed. This is the opinion of ETH Zurich Professor Christofer Hierold, whose research is in nanotechnology. He says that, to avoid risks and hazards, these must be analysed for each specific example of materials, structures and their applications.

Jun 21st, 2011

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Russia's retail industry kicks off "Store of the Future" project

The project will create nano-enabled solutions for introducing and exploiting RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology in Russia's retail industry. If successful in its development work, the project will establish a company-integrator to introduce RFID technology to domestic retail trade.

Jun 20th, 2011

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