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Small materials poised for big impact in construction [Registered]

Bricks, blocks, and steel I-beams — step aside. A new genre of construction materials, made from stuff barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, is about to debut in the building of homes, offices, bridges, and other structures. And a new report is highlighting both the potential benefits of these nanomaterials in improving construction materials and the need for guidelines to regulate their use and disposal. The report appears in the October ’10 issue of ACS Nano (2010, 4 (7): 3580–35900) Pedro Alvarez and colleagues in their review note that nanomaterials likely will have a greater impact on the…

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