30 Nov '11, 6pm

New Osmotic-based Process Enables Easier Production of Nanoporous Materials

New Osmotic-based Process Enables Easier Production of Nanoporous Materials

Researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory in the UK have developed a method for creating nanoporous materials that allows for minor components used in the manufacturing process to remain encapsulated in the material and still be porous. This method provides a far more flexible method than what had been employed up till now. In the now old method when the minor component was removed to leave behind the pores it was necessary that the component had to be connected both throughout the material and to the outside of the material. The research, which was led by Dr Easan Sivaniah and published in the journal Nature Materials , showed that a process called collective osmotic shock (COS) meant that even when the minor component is entirely encapsulated that material is still porous. "The experiment is rather similar to the classroom demonstration using a ba...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotec...

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