News: Surface Science and Catalysis

John Lettow, ChE '95, president and co-founder of Vorbeck Materials in Maryland, uses the research of ChE Profs. Ilhan Aksay and Robert Prud'homme to produce commercial quantities of graphene for use in composite materials, electronics, and energy storage devices, among many other potential applications.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly faster and make diesel engines cleaner and more efficient.
The cover story in the March 2 issue of Chemical & Engineering is about graphene: a single atomic sheet of carbon considered to be "one of the hottest topics in materials science these days".