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Chemistry and Materials: Research Overview

looks at the sciences of stuff and some of the greatest challenges in the field today: understanding "emergence" (when the whole adds up to much more than the sum of its parts), creating new materials (high-strength plastics, superconductors, photovoltaic devices), mimicking products and processes of nature (artificial bone), and finding green ways to manufacture products, create chemical reactions, treat waste, and generate energy. (National Science Foundation)

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More and more researchers have been trying to find environmentally benign ways to manufacture products, create chemical reactions, treat waste, generate energy and monitor air and water. Perhaps the most immediate of green chemistry's many goals is to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic solvents, poisonous metals, corrosive chemicals and other hazardous substances.
A microfluidics-based lab laboratory on a chip is being tested under a fluorescence microscope for the detection of biological samples. Credit: Melvin Khoo, Sam Lu, Chang Liu, University of Illinois a

Lab on a chip


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