Ford Motor Co., The Boeing Co. and Northwestern University are linking up to research and develop commercial applications for nanotechnology, which the auto maker says could lead to advancements in hybrid-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Nanotechnology is the branch of molecular-level engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers. Applications exist in automobiles today, including in catalytic converters and paint, Ford says. Announcement of the partnership was ...

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