Summary #1066

Electric jolt to carbon makes better water purifier

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  • Nanocarbons are being studied by scientists because they have potential to be used to clean water—they attract water pollutants, but their force is weak on their own.
  • One team found a way to improve the power of nanocarbons, by creating a method to make “amino-modified nanocarbons”.
  • The method is mixing a source of carbon with a source of amino groups, and zapping it with high voltage to create a plasma in liquid.
  • Then they put the modified nanocarbons through ten cycles of adsorbing heavy metal ions, and compared them to conventionally synthesized nanocarbons.
  • The modified nanocarbon was found suitable for repeatable use, and had the highest adsorption compared to conventional alternatives.

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