Enhancing water quality: Cutting-edge graphene water filtration

An image from the National Graphene Insitute, who are part of the graphene water filtration project.
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The National Graphene Institute and LifeSaver are set to research the development of graphene water filtration technology, with the goal of creating a cutting-edge product.

The National Graphene Institute (NGI) at the University of Manchester and the LifeSaver, a UK-based manufacturer of portable, reusable water filtration systems will be collaborating on an eighteen month research project focused on developing the graphene water filtration. The goal will be to create a proprietary, patented product which is able to eliminate an even wider range of hazardous contaminants than is currently removable using its existing high performance ultra-filtration process.

The potential of graphene water filtration

Graphene, the first two-dimensional material ever discovered, is one of the strongest known natural materials but retains high levels of flexibility, conductivity and filtration. This gives it great potential as a water filtration and desalination material.

The humanitarian and other applications

The chairman at LifeSaver, Chris Marsden commented: “The partnership with NGI excites all of us at LifeSaver as it provides a potential game changing opportunity in our patented technology platform. This in turn allows us to continue to provide leading edge technological solutions to our key global humanitarian, military and retail markets.”

The National Graphene Institute

“Making a graphene-based portable water filter was our dream, and this collaboration with LifeSaver will enable that dream to be a reality sooner than later,” says Professor Rahul Nair, who will lead the project at The University of Manchester.

Nail adds: “The University of Manchester is the world leading centre for graphene membrane development, and LifeSaver has the expertise in making a portable water filter. This is a great example of a collaborative project where we are trying to combine two independently developed technologies into one, to enhance the quality and availability of drinking water for those who need it most.”

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