Researchers at Georgia Tech are looking to oxides of the rare earth elements cerium (Ce), terbium (Tb), and praseodymium (Pr) to perhaps jump start use of small-scale hydrogen production systems for powering fuel cells in homes, as well as for automotive applications. Doping with iron atoms allows these oxides to produce hydrogen at lower temperatures (375-700C vs. 800C). For more details, go to http://gtresearchnews.gatech.edu/newsrelease/oxygenpump.htm.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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