Researchers Develop Newer Membranes for Producing Clean Water

Published By : 26 Mar 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Researchers at the University of Melbourne along with the CSIRO have come up with new types of microfilters or membranes that can produce clean water via energy efficient mechanisms. This newly developed technology will aid in the supply of clean and hygienic water that can be used for water purification and desalination applications. A professor at the Department of Biomolecular and Chemical engineering explained that hitherto there were no ways of adding chlorinating substances to water for preventing the growth of biological organisms during the process of desalination. 

The process of biofouling has always been a glaring problem till date, however, with the introduction of the new technique it can be expected that the desalination operations henceforth will be more economical. For one of the lead professors of this research group it is of utmost importance to procure fresh water that can be used for industrial applications, irrigation, and drinking. The availability of water for the aforementioned uses has become a major challenge in today’s world. Researchers and scientists also state that it can be a life changing phenomenal change that can be brought about in billions of lives all across the globe if there can be the development and introduction of energy efficient methods for purifying water. 

The latest types of membranes can in a way be compared to the presently applied commercial membranes that are applied in these areas. And more importantly these membranes exhibit higher resistance to the adverse effects of chlorine based chemicals. These membrane materials that are chlorine resistant can easily be cut into greater number of processing steps via lower operational costs.
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