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Alcoa EcoClean coating for aluminum panels fights against air pollution

By Rob Aid
One Comment29 May 2011

alcoa-reynobond-ecoclean-panelAs the primary component of smog, nitrogen oxide (NOx) not only makes buildings dirty, but it also threatens the quality of the air we breathe. Alcoa Architectural Products has developed EcoClean technology – a special titanium dioxide coating for aluminum panels which counter smog and clean the panels from other organic materials such as diesel… »


NASA researchers reveal various applications of atomic oxygen

By Damir Beciri
One Comment24 February 2011

atomic-oxygen-art-restauration-2A scientific method developed by researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center uses atomic oxygen to save and restore works of art that would have been irreparably damaged. It can also completely sterilize surgical implants intended for human bodies, improve glucose monitoring devices for diabetic patients, and texture the surfaces of polymers to invite bone cell… »

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Lotus flower biomimicry for dirt and bacteria free surfaces

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments26 September 2009

lotus-plantResearchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., are developing a transparent coating that prevents dirt and even bacteria from sticking in the same way a lotus plant sheds water. The research begun through collaboration of Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems, Linthicum, Md., and nGimat Corporation, Atlanta, Ga. Although a lotus leaf appears smooth,… »