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quartz (above) and carbon nanotube material (below)

Carbon nanotubes help quartz fiber remove toxic metals from water

By Faye Oney / August 4, 2017

Researchers have created a filter that can absorb nearly all heavy metals from water. The filter, made up of carbon nanotubes and quartz can be washed with vinegar and reused—making it affordable for communities that lack clean water.

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Rice group: Silica + titania = cheap, green, improved water purification

By / January 17, 2011

Tanzania water source. Credit: Bob Metcalf I don’t have enough historical perspective to know if this is truly a eureka moment or not, but a group from Rice University reports that adding a small amount of silica (or another inexpensive silicon source) can amp up the anti-viral, anti-bacterial power of titanium dioxide for producing disinfected…

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