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Advances in nanotechnology continue to progress, and we always enjoy hearing about the latest discoveries.  One of the latest leaps forward in nanotech comes via a very common ingredient.

 

Researchers at Oregon State have found that by using ordinary table salt comes the potential to change how silicon nanostructures are made.  The use of salt centers around heat management and prevents the collapse of nanostructures during the magnesiothermic reaction phase.  The salt absorbs the heat during this phase and is washed away with water.  Afterwards, the salt can be recaptured, recycled and used again.

 

By using sodium chloride, or table salt, it has the potential to influence a host of different industries, including electronics, biomedicine and energy storage.  Want to learn more about this exciting new technological advance?  Check out this article from OSU.