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Building a better salt trap: IU researchers synthesize a molecular 'cage' to trap chloride

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  • A three-dimensional molecule to trap chloride has been designed at Indiana University, according to the journal Science.
  • Chloride is found in many chemicals used in various industrial processes such as ammonium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium chloride (common table salt), and others.
  • The researchers point out that this molecule could contribute to diminishing the industrial saline components that are dumped into the fresh waters of the world, increasing the availability of drinking water.
  • The molecule is a kind of three-dimensional cage that can trap chloride inside, extracting it from the water where it is diluted.
  • The new molecule is more efficient and versatile than other previously designed models.

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