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6-6-07

Victor Lin in his chemistry lab

Victor Lin is using nanotechnology and chemistry to find a better way to make biodiesel. Photo by Bob Elbert.

Iowa State biodiesel research featured on public television

Iowa Public Television will feature a visit to Victor Lin's Iowa State University chemistry lab during Friday's episode of "Farmers' Almanac TV." Lin, a professor of chemistry, has developed a high-tech catalyst that he hopes will revolutionize how biodiesel is produced. The technology features nanospheres just 250 billionths of a meter in diameter. But fill them with the right chemistry and they can take some of the energy, labor and toxic chemicals out of biodiesel production.

The episode will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, on Iowa Public Television.

You can also see the "Iowa Biodiesel" segment on the show's video Web site.

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The episode of "Farmers' Almanac TV" featuring Victor Lin and his chemistry lab will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, on Iowa Public Television. The "Iowa Biodiesel" segment is also on the show's video Web site.

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"This serves as an example of how nanotechnology can be useful for advancing an industry that's not that high-tech. And this allows our students from the Midwest -- some of them from farms -- to learn a new kind of technology that doesn't take them away from home."

Victor Lin, an Iowa State professor of chemistry