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March 11th, 2011

Making progress, not problems

Abstract:
Then there is nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on an atomic scale. Dr Rob Corey, nano materials professor at Cranfield University, foresees major green benefits from nanotechnology: "Our take on the environmental side is about cleaner processing, using less energy and fewer toxic materials. Nanotechnology can be used to generate electricity," he says.

Nanotechnology could - among many things - help refine various sensors, the little devices used to transmit information. Corey thinks sensors containing manipulated piezoelectric materials - which produce an electric charge in response to pressure - could minimise the use of toxic materials which are used in conventional sensors.

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