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New Method for Making Tiny Catalysts Holds Promise for Air Quality


December 15, 2010

 Mark Rood and John Atkinson University of Illinois researchers have demonstrated a simpler method of adding iron to tiny carbon spheres to create catalytic materials that have the potential to remove contaminants from gas or liquid. In one continuous process, it produces tiny, micrometer-sized spheres of porous, spongy carbon embedded with iron nanoparticles--all in the span of a few seconds. Full Story

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