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Opening the Door on Complex Diffusion in Polymer Membranes

Sandia researchers have developed new high-resolution magic angle spinning (HRMAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy techniques to investigate diffusion in polymer membranes. By coupling HRMAS NMR with pulsed field gradient (PFG) diffusion techniques, the team has demonstrated the unprecedented resolution of individual chemical species within a series of fuel cell anion exchange membranes (AEMs). The [...]

High-Pressure and High-Temperature Neutron Reflectometry Cell for Solid-Fluid Interface Studies

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) research by Robert Grubbs (Electro, Optical, and Nanostructures Department) and colleagues at Los Alamos was featured as the July 2012 cover article of the European Physical Journal Plus. The article, “High Pressure and High Temperature Neutron Reflectometry Cell for Solid-Fluid Interface Studies,” describes the design and use of a neutron reflectometry [...]

ECIS-UNM: Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification

Clean water scarcity leads to disease, death, and often international tension. Limited clean water supplies face further stress due to its required use in a number of industrial processes. Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently the best method of desalination (making fresh water from seawater), but the energy requirements and costs for this process are tremendous [...]

Energy Supply Transformation Needed

A lot that needs to be done to enable the transition towards larger shares of renewables in the power mix. The 5th International Conference on Integration of Renewable Energy and Distributed Energy Resources [4–6 December 2012, Berlin, Germany] brought together global participants from the energy sector to discuss the transformation of the power system, the challenges [...]

Sandia Science & Technology Park: Acquisition of Companies Reflects Growth of Industry in Park

Two companies in the Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) were acquired by Fortune 500 companies in 2011, highlighting the growth of SS&TP tenants in desirable technology areas. Being in the SS&TP has given both companies a location near Sandia National Laboratories, a desirable site for their facilities and employees, and heightened visibility with the [...]

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