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MOBIL SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW MATERIAL

 MOBIL SCIENTISTS DISCOVER NEW MATERIAL
 FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation said today a


team of its scientists has discovered a new family of materials with molecular sieves having extraordinarily large pores.
 The discovery was described in today's issue of Nature magazine, Great Britain's leading scientific journal. Mobil said it represented a major breakthrough in the field of materials science and offers broad- based potential for commercial application. Mobil said it has been granted extensive patent rights on the material.
 Porous materials made of silica and alumina, the ingredients found in sand and clay, have been employed as catalysts in the oil industry for more than 50 years. Mobil Research and Development Corporation, the research arm of Mobil, has been a leader in the discovery and use of the most important family of these materials, known as zeolites.
 As an outgrowth of this leadership position, Mobil researchers, working at company laboratories in Paulsboro and Princeton, N.J., discovered the entirely new family of materials. The first member of the family, called MCM-41, looks like a honeycomb under the electron microscope, an instrument capable of examining materials at the molecular level.
 Mobil has used its expertise in molecular engineering to develop this new family of materials having a customized system of pores with sizes that can be tailored to dimensions more than ten times those found in zeolites.
 The paper in Nature was written by C. T. Kresge, M. E. Leonowicz, W. J. Roth, J. C. Vartuli and J. S. Beck.
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