Access to clean water is strained as the human population increases, and contamination impacts freshwater sources. Devices currently in development that clean up dirty water using sunlight can only produce up to a few gallons of water each day. But now, research published in ACS Central Science report how loofah sponges inspired a sunlight-powered porous hydrogel that could potentially purify enough water to satisfy someone’s daily needs — even when it’s cloudy.

You can purify water through a loofah and the sun?

Access to clean water is strained as the human population increases, and contamination impacts freshwater sources. Devices currently in development that clean up dirty water using sunlight can only produce up to a few gallons of water each day. But now, research published in ACS Central Science report how loofah sponges inspired a sunlight-powered porous hydrogel that could potentially purify enough water to satisfy someone’s daily needs — even when it’s cloudy. Read More
A joint research team of Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) and Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) developed the first technology that removes microplastics in water through a triboelectric nanogenerator. It should solve the problem of various micro-toxic particles in water, including microplastics, which have emerged as a huge environmental concern.

First eco-friendly filter remove microplastics in water

A joint research team of Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) and Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) developed the first technology that removes microplastics in water through a triboelectric nanogenerator. It should solve the problem of various micro-toxic particles in water, including microplastics, which have emerged as a huge environmental concern. Read More
Removal and recovery of ammonia from simulated wastewater using Ti3C2Tx MXene in flow electrode capacitive deionization for water purification

A new frontier in water purification

One in three people worldwide lacks access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation services. These problems have only increased across the world due to the effects of climate change. Developing countries and vulnerable communities are the most affected by the adverse effects of water scarcity and a lack of access to water purification facilities. Read More