Summary #670

Cleaning Our Water with Groundbreaking 'Bioinspired' Chemistry

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  • Terrence J. Collins, director of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University, pioneers new field of sustainable ultradilute oxidation catalysis.
  • For 40 years, him and his team have been trying to find a natural way to break down the harmful synthetic chemicals that pollute waterways and harm the environment.
  • They finally managed to recreate the power and efficiency of natural oxidation, using artificial catalysts called tetra-amido macrocyclic ligands (TAMLs).
  • Testing shows that tiny amounts of TAMLs can eliminate some common pollutants from water in under 5 minutes.
  • It’s cheaper from other water treatment methods, and to ensure safety it relies on the same biological processes that occur in our bodies.

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