Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Nanowires "decorated" with gold could remove dangerous toxins from polluted water. Look for innovative uses of nanotechnology to solve all sorts of pollution problems over the rest of the decade. R.C.J.
Here's what Argonne National Labs says about its own discovery: A scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has created visible-light catalysis, using silver chloride nanowires decorated with gold nanoparticles, that may decompose organic molecules in polluted water...Traditional silver chloride photocatalytic properties are restricted to ultraviolet and blue light wavelengths, but with the addition of the gold nanoparticles, they become photocatalytic in visible light. The visible light excites the electrons in the gold nanoparticles and initiates reactions that culminate in charge separation on the silver chloride nanowires. Tests have already shown that gold-decorated nanowires can decompose organic molecules such as methylene blue.
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Posted by R. Colin Johnson at 4:01 PM