Membrane combines thinness with stability
Membranes that consist of only a single layer of carbon atoms called graphene have been created by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.
Nanosponge soaks up mercury
The first commercial use of a novel sponge-like material dubbed Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports (SAMMS) has begun at several sites.
Ionic liquids boost cellulose as feedstock
Ionic liquids, now being pioneered by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, for acid scavenging in reactors, also promise to play an important role in expanding the use of cellulose as a chemicals feedstock.