Autoclave combines solar power, nanoparticles to do its work

07/9/2013 | SmithsonianMag.com

The power of the Sun and special nanoparticles combine to generate the sterilization needed for surgical instruments in an autoclave designed for the developing world. The device developed by engineers led by Oara Neumann and Naomi Halas of Rice University isn't the first to harness the Sun for sanitization, but it is the first prototype to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards.

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