Silicon Balls Split Water.  5 nm and 50 nm views shown.  Click image for more info.

Close-ups in the three images above using transmission electron microscopy images show spherical silicon nanoparticles from about 10 nanometers in diameter up to 50 nanometers.

Image Credit: Swihart Research Group, University at Buffalo.

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  1. rollsthepaul on January 23, 2013 2:12 AM

    What is the energy input and degree of difficulty, to produce nano silicon? Can this be done on a large scale economically? What is the stoichiometric relationship; can the silicon be reused or is it consumed in the hydrogen liberation?

  2. George Collins on January 23, 2013 10:52 PM

    Sounds like this is the one we’ve been waiting for.

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