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​Controlling chemistry atom by atom

Chemical Engineer Stacey Bent explains how technologies like atomic layer deposition are helping researchers develop better catalysts to create useful products such as ethanol.

semiconductor chip wafer

Many processes in electronics and other fields depend on the ability to build materials with atomic level precision. | image by Stanford Engineering

What if you could cover the entire Grand Canyon with an inch of snow?

Stanford Chemical Engineer Stacey Bent explains how researchers are doing that, only at the nanoscale, by coating computer chips and industrial catalysts with atomically-thin layers of chemically-active materials to improve their performance.