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Faces of Science: Susan Hanson

Designing less expensive and sustainable catalysts may revolutionize industry
March 4, 2015
Susan Hanson

Susan Hanson, National Technical Nuclear Forensics program

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Designing less expensive and sustainable catalysts may revolutionize industry

Susan Hanson says that it is important to realize that you can always learn something new from others—and that much of the science done today would not be possible without the groundwork laid by people who have come before us.

Faces of Science: Susan Hanson
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Faces of Science: Susan Hanson

One of her current projects involves trying to replace precious-metal catalysts with earth-abundant metals. Precious and rare metals like platinum and iridium are used as catalysts in industry.

Susan and her team design catalysts based on metals like cobalt and iron, which would be less expensive and ultimately more sustainable.

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Susan Hanson works for C-NR's Nuclear & Radiochemistry group.


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