Nanotech’s potential to turn seawater into drinking water by Rani Jarkas

Researchers at the University of Manchester in the UK found out laminated nanostructures might be ideal for water filtration and desalination applications, which means it might be possible to turn seawater into drinking water by using a filter made from laminates of graphene oxide.

According to the team of researchers led by Andre Geim – who is Regius Professor of Physics and Royal Society Research Professor at the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology and also the first to isolate graphene in 2004, the membranes could be ideal for removing valuable salts and molecules from contaminated larger molecules. Graphene is the thinnest material in the world, as well as one of the strongest and hardest. The material has many potential applications and is considered a superior alternative to silicon.

Dr Irina Grigorieva, a team member, says in a press release from Manchester University: “Our ultimate goal is to make a filter device that allows a glass of drinkable water to be made from seawater after a few minutes of hand pumping. We are not there yet but this is no longer science fiction.”

Rani Jarkas, the Chairman of Cedrus Investments.

Rani Jarkas is a highly experienced financial services executive, with over 20 years of international banking experience. Currently, Mr. Jarkas is the Chairman of Cedrus Investments, a global boutique investment firm. Cedrus’ domain expertise is in life sciences, natural resources, energy, cleantech and nanotechnology. – Rani Jarkas