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March 15th, 2006

Nanoparticles Facilitate Chemical Separations

Abstract:
Using the unique properties of new nanometer-scale magnetic particles, researchers have for the first time separated for reuse two different catalysts from a multi-step chemical reaction done in a single vessel. By combining the new magnetic separation process with traditional gravity-driven separation, the technique could lead to more efficient production of specialty chemicals – and a reduction in waste normally produced by separation processes.

“Here, nanotechnology allows us to do something that is commercially relevant and environmentally benign,” Jones said. “The understanding of magnetic properties at the nanoscale allowed us to put a magnetic catalyst and a non-magnetic catalyst together, do a reaction, and then separate them.”

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Georgia Institute of Technology

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