Sea creature inspires breakthrough in water treatment
Researchers have developed an efficient new water treatment method modelled after the sea anemone actinia.
NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — Researchers have taken inspiration from a sea creature to create a new kind of water treatment.
According to the study published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, coagulation is a chemical water treatment process that causes colloidal and suspended water-borne particles to group into formations and settle. Conventional coagulants like aluminum sulfate remove large particles but cannot capture smaller dissolved contaminants.
Researchers from Yale and Peking University sought to address this issue. They modeled a nanocoagulant after the sea anemone Actinia to remove a broad range of contaminants in a single step.
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