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Water Purification, Solar Power Improved through Nanomaterials

Posted on: 02/06/2014
Stony Brook University has announced that it is conducting a study on hybrid molecules that may lead to the development of nanoscale materials with the potential to improve water purification and solar power systems.

The research focuses on dendrons, wedge-shaped molecules that pack together to form circular or spherical assemblies with nanoscale dimensions. One potential benefit is the development of a low-cost, low-weight, compact material that could be used to purify large volumes of water quicker and easier than conventional methods.

The research is also aimed at developing hybrid molecular materials that would optimize light absorption, potentially enhancing the performance of solar conversion materials.

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