small plans: nanotechnology for the building industry

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Nano-sponges remove toxic metals

Microscopic particles honeycombed with holes only nanometers wide soon could help purify industrial runoff, coal plant smoke, crude oil and drinking water of toxic metals. Chemists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., developed the particles to remove mercury from oil in nuclear facility pumps, and have now broadened the potential applications of the particles and partnered with companies to bring them into greater use. more @