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Filtration is being transformed by thin sheets of graphene, a carbon-based material invented in at Manchester University. Meanwhile, improved technology for capturing water vapour from the air holds out hope for arid regions.
In AprilProf Nair demonstrated that a multi-layer membrane made from graphene oxide can filter out the sodium chloride in seawater much more quickly and cleanly than existing techniques.
The filters were recently shown to be able to filter even the dye molecules of whisky, turning the liquid colourless. The university is in talks with potential manufacturers with a view to enlarging the membranes — currently A4-sized — and demonstrating that the technology can be used in practical applications.
He hopes full-sized desalination plants with graphene membranes will be possible within five years. Commitments to existing desalination technology may hold back large-scale commercial development of graphene systems in the short term, Prof Nair says. However, he thinks that a small scale version of the graphene filter can be developed for bottles and household units within two years.
To explore the possibilities, the university is collaborating with Icon Lifesaver, a company based in the east of England. The business currently makes filters that can remove microbes, bacteria and viruses.
Joe Lovegrove, technical manager of Icon Lifesaver, says: It would give us effectively the ultimate water filter that you could use to convert water at any source from being dangerous to safe as quickly as you can drink it.
During the next few months, the portable graphene filters will be tested to check that they work for chemical contaminants such as cadmium, copper, arsenic, nitrites, nitrates and pesticides. In arid areas, clean water production tends to focus on extracting moisture molecules from the air and cooling them down until they form droplets.
Currently this only works where humidity is at least 60 per cent. It is also very energy-intensive, says Beth Koigi, co-founder of Majik Water, a company set up to solve the problem. Majik Water uses desiccants — sponge-like materials such as silica gel — which extract water from the air.
This is then released when the gel is heated. It can be re-used many times. Each device can generate 10 litres a day and runs on solar power. The goal is to produce clean water for a price of one cent per litre, far cheaper than bottled water or boiling water to purify it, while removing the risk of mineral contaminants.
After initial research in California, development has transferred to Kenya where the team is testing whether customers prefer household devices producing 20 litres a day or community systems generating more than litres.
Research might continue in Kenya or move to the Atacama Desert Chile, the driest place on earth. Silica gel is abundant, safe and cheap, so it will help keep costs down. The team is also watching development of metal-organic frameworks MOFswhich can hold up to three times their own weight in water, compared with 35 per cent for silica gel.
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