Research and applications of iron oxide nanoparticles – Okayama University

A scientist spent thirty years investigating how craftsman were able to render the beautiful red colors in Bizen and Arita pottery. This research revealed the important role of iron oxide particles for producing the colors. Now he is working on innovative applications of nanometer scale iron oxide materials produced by ‘iron-oxidizing bacteria’, having made the transition from fine ceramics and Bizen stoneware to fuel cells and biotechnology.

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