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Carbon combines with solar energy to purify water in high-performance method

By Faye Oney / May 8, 2018

Researchers have developed a novel water purification process using solar energy and carbon-coated paper. Their method could eventually be scalable for purifying water in third-world countries or in areas cut off from water due to recent disasters.

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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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Scalable membrane distillation method uses sun’s heat to convert salt water to fresh water

By Faye Oney / June 30, 2017

Rice University researchers have developed an environmentally friendly membrane distillation system that harnesses solar energy for purifying water. The technology could soon be scaled to provide clean water to remote locations, including areas that lack clean water.

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Thinking small—Ceramic nanofiber sponges offer large-scale insulation, water purification possibilities

By Faye Oney / June 9, 2017

In a collaboration between Brown University and Tsinghua University in China, researchers have created small “sponges” out of ceramic nanofibers that are heat-resistant and highly deformable.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / April 12, 2017

Major breakthrough in smart printed electronics from 2-D nanomaterials, innovative glass sensor can screen toxic drugs, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 12, 2017.

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Video: Small and soft (but mighty) self-propelling motors aid in pollution cleanup

By Stephanie Liverani / May 4, 2016

Researchers at the Research Institute of Materials Science, South China University of Technology (Guangdong, China) are developing a different kind of motor—one that’s not fossil fuel-reliant and can actually help clean up pollution, not contribute to it.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / March 23, 2016

Unprecedented nanoscale analysis, when glass becomes liquid, and other materials stories that may be of interest for March 23, 2016.

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The heat is on: Conductive graphene composite may help simplify aircraft ice removal

By Stephanie Liverani / January 26, 2016

Chemists from Rice University in Houston, Texas, are turning up the heat on graphene. They’ve developed a graphene composite material to help heat surfaces and simplify ice removal.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / January 2, 2015

RAK Ceramics exits Sudan, Trulite acquires AGC assets, O-I names new leader, and other ceramics and glass business news of the week for January 2, 2015.

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Photocatalysis for clean water—Putting sunshine to work for health and safety

By Eileen De Guire / April 25, 2014

Addressing the global water crisis, a recent paper in Catalysis Science & Technology reviews the current status of solar disinfection technology.

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