Microwave use with chemicals to grow
The use of microwaves by the chemical industry is set to grow as the National Centre for Industrial Microwave Processing (NCIMP) is evaluating the economics of microwave technology for specific applications and, for promising ones, developing industrial-scale equipment.
Nanoparticles boost water treatment
Super-hydrophilic nanoparticles dispersed in a conventional polyamide reverse osmosis (RO) membrane allow dramatically better water permeability than possible with conventional membranes while maintaining comparable salt rejection, according to researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
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.