Today's best molecular filters, siliceous zeolites, filter gases too slowly to be of much use for everyday applications. So researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, have an alternative solution: carbon nanotubes. Using atomistic simulations, David Sholl and associates calculated both self- and transport diffusivities of light gases in carbon nanotubes and in two zeolites with comparable pore sizes. The carbon nanotube filter gases 100 to 1,000 times faster than siliceous zeolites or any microporous material for which experimental data are available. This increased speed implies that nanotubes could provide a practical way to make large-scale gas filters, says Sholl. For more information, e-mail David S. Sholl at email@example.com.
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky. Inventor Ron Jidmar thinks he has a solution to all of that nonsense with a flexible jar design that can be squeezed with one hand to lift contents from the bottom to the top of a jar or container, leaving the other hand free to scoop the contents out cleanly.
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