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Distribution of 3-nitroproprionic acid over a section of the immobilisation matrix

Biocatalysis for industry
In order to promote the economic exploitation of biomass and agroindustrial by-products, such as sugars, cellulose, starch and oils, new biocatalytic processes involving enzymatic catalysts are under study with the contribution of Elettra Laboratory.

Multiwall nanotube from SiC

Toxic gas detectors nanotubes
It has been shown at Elettra that even minute concentrations of toxic gases, such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitric oxide and ammonia, can be detected by monitoring electric properties of carbon nanotubes.


Asbestos analysis
Studies have been carried out at Elettra on asbestos fibres to identify the proteins involved in the interaction between asbestos fibres and the pulmonary tissue that may reduce its elasticity and therefore the efficiency of oxygen absorption.


Chemical analysis of particulates
A PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter) monitoring method has been set up at Elettra to perform spectroscopic analysis to quantify in real time, all metals from aluminium upwards.

<p>Acetylxylanesterase enzyme</p>

Crystallography based on diffraction techniques has been employed at Elettra to acquire detailed information on the three dimensional structure of some bacterial enzyme that under certain conditions it can be exploited in bio-technological applications.

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