Greener silica from rice

Two University of Michigan researchers turn useless waste from rice processing into the high-purity silica compounds that are used in everything from toothpaste to tires. The technique could eliminate millions of tons of CO2 emissions every year, and it’s 90 percent less expensive than the current method. Richard Laine is a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include the synthesis and processing of inorganic and organometallic hybrid polymers and nano-oxide powders.

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