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Friday, 17 June 2011

University of Leicester
June 15, 2011

New research at the University of Leicester is using nanotechnology to create energy efficient materials.

With the increasing worldwide demand for energy there is a pressure to use the finite energy resources wisely whilst reducing one of the major areas of energyconsumption, transportation, which accounts for more than 20% of the world’s total primary energy and produces much of the world’s pollution.

Alternative fuels, such as bio-fuels, hydrogen fuels, fuel cells and electric batteries, being developed by the automotive industry need further development and a considerable time for their full adaptation into transportation, including passenger cars, trucks, aircrafts and trains.

A postgraduate researcher with the Department of Engineering, Sinan Kandemir is fabricating light and strong resistant materials with nano-additives to create lighter components for automotive and aerospace industries that will help improve energyefficiency, minimise CO2 emissions and preserve the environment.

By using a novel processing technique, ultrasonic method, to disperse aluminium-based nano-particles homogenously through the liquid, his research promises quicker results while the industry is making advances with alternative fuels.
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