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February 11th, 2008

Clean Ethylene process created by U.S. Energy Dept.

Abstract:
Nanotechnology has been championed as a source of ultimate solutions but has so far not produced a pollution-free silver bullet. Billions are being invested in the quest for clean coal generation and sequestration of gases and various forms of renewable, green energy sources. These technologies do not posses a zero pollution audit profile and many of the processes do not provide the output of product in the volumes and form required. Where there is fire there is still smoke.

The scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory may just have come up with a scientifically elegant and effective way to take the pollution out of ethylene production by going into the heart of the production process. Under the leadership of senior ceramist Balu Balachandran, the research team has devised a high-temperature membrane that can produce ethylene from an ethane stream by removing pure hydrogen. "This is a clean energy-efficient way of producing a chemical that before required methods that were expensive and wasteful and also emitted a great deal of pollution," Balachandran said.

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