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Rice scientists ID new catalyst for cleanup of nitrites
November 25, 2013
Rice University researchers have found that gold and palladium nanoparticles can rapidly break down nitrites, a common contaminant in drinking water that often results from overuse of agricultural fertilizers. The nanoengineered catalysts were 7 1/2 times more efficient at reducing nitrites than previously studied catalysts made of palladium and aluminum oxide.
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