Energy through a filter

Science & technology

Research teams from ExxonMobil and Georgia Tech have successfully developed a method to filter hydrocarbons through synthetic carbon membranes at the molecular level. This is a critical step in the production of certain plastics that currently requires energy-intensive separation processes.

Because the new method works at room temperature, it may one day replace existing separation technology, dramatically reducing the amount of energy required in plastics processing.

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