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April 2nd, 2007

Nobel-winning scientist warns of need to replace fossil fuels

Abstract:
Kroto outlined three crucial areas in research that new scientists could be looking at in years to come:

• Efficiently splitting water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen for a ready source of fuel.

• Developing cheap solar cells that could be printed on thin sheets using newspaper presses.

• Developing a genetic variety of wheat that could fix nitrogen in the soil without expensive and fuel-greedy fertilizers.

Kroto shared the Nobel Prize in 1996 and was knighted for his work in the discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a unique carbon molecule consisting of 60 carbon atoms arranged in a sphere.

Dubbed "buckyballs," the molecules have been found to be extraordinarily strong and light and to form superconducting compounds. He's pursued that work into the growing field of nanotechnology.

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