VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) — The Army Corps of Engineers have successfully created a usable prototype of a new type of water filter.
The membranes are made of a mixture of chitosan, a material commonly found in shrimp shells, and a new synthetic chemical known as “graphene oxide”.
Graphene oxide is a highly researched chemical worldwide. According to the Army Corps, one problem encountered by scientists working with graphene oxide is not being able to synthesize the material on a scale that can be put to use.
“One of the major breakthroughs that we’ve had here is that with our casting process, we’re not limited by size,” explains Luke Gurtowski, a research chemical engineer working on the membranes.
These filters have been found to effectively remove a number of different contaminants commonly found in water.
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