Posted: May 16, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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New eco-friendly dyes based on nano-sized enzymes from fungi

(Nanowerk News) Nanoparticles from a fungus could lead to new eco friendly dyes claim scientists from the Catholic University of Louvain. Researchers working for the EU-funded research project SOPHIED have discovered that a fungus from the Solomon Islands produces special enzymes that act as nano-bio-catalysts. These components help to trigger a chemical reaction between two different basic ingredients and turn it into a dye. For traditional dye production concentrated acids and other chemicals are used. Because of the highly explosive process the chemicals need to be cooled down during the production. That requires a lot of energy. Besides, the chemicals pollute water and can provoke allergies.The new eco-processing works without all these negative effects.

(by youriscom)



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