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Date:12/22/2010

imity sensors and stand-off imagers.

These types of sensors can be used in medical diagnostics, biomedical imaging, and detection of explosives and biologically hazardous materials.

Advanced Materials and Processes for CO2 Capture and Solar Biofuels Production

Led by David Nielsen, assistant professor in the School for the Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Nielsen's project will seek to find ways of better controlling air-polluting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and using the emissions in a process to produce biofuels using photosynthetic microorganisms in this case algae.

It will involve making advances in the processes for separating carbon dioxide from other gases, capturing it, and converting it into a form that's useful in generating fuels from biomass.

The works holds potential to improve environmental protection and enhance sources of renewable energy.

Integrated engineering and policy solutions for sustainable end-of-life electronics

Led by Eric Williams, assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, and the School of Sustainability

The project seeks environmentally and economically sustainable ways to deal with the world's growing avalanche of electronics waste (or e-waste) old computers and other electronic devices.

Many current recycling practices cause environmental damage when toxic materials from electronics components are discarded and find their way into water sources and soils. There are also concerns about threats to security when data remains on old computer hard drives.

Williams is exploring ways to promote safer recycling methods without losing the economic benefit of the jobs especially ones in less affluent countries that are provided by the recycling industry.

A Global Nanotechnology Education Collaboratory A New Frontier for Meeting the
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Contact: Joe Kullman
joe.kullman@asu.edu
480-965-8122
Arizona State University
Source:Eurekalert

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