What's big in the science of the ultra-small
Nanoscience is about the very small, but it could have a huge impact on our lives. New materials, products and processes are already here, but they are only the start.
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New nanoparticle catalysts are being created in New Zealand that will help provide hydrogen for fuel cells. These will help reduce our reliance on non-renewable fuel sources.
A nanometre is a billionth of a metre. Nanoscale can refer to things less than 100 nanometres in size, or to materials so small that they behave differently to normal.
Dr Richard Tilley (Victoria University of Wellington) works with very complex ideas and processes, but still manages to get enjoyment out of simple aspects, such as making and seeing new things.
Gold and alloy nanoparticles being created in plants at Massey University could be used as catalysts in fuel cells for the military and other complex chemical reactions.