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Building Better Catalysts
September 29, 2011
University of Utah chemists developed a method to design and test new catalysts, the substances that speed chemical reactions and are crucial for producing energy, chemicals and industrial products. By using the new method, the chemists also made a discovery that will make it easier to design future catalysts.
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