Gallery: New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins...

 

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When it comes to cleaning up radioactive materials after a spill, scientists need to get pretty creative. From robots to bacteria, anything that will remove dangerous radiation from the environment is a step in the right direction. Researchers from Rice University and Lomonosov Moscow State University recently discovered a new tool to help with hazardous material removal: It turns out that graphene oxide is able to clump toxins together, making it easy for them to be separated from water. The resulting compound can then later be melted down into a slag and sequestered.

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  1. Jorge Valensuela October 31, 2014 at 12:01 am

    This sounds like a step in the right direction. Clay can act as trap to keep toxins from getting to the groundwater. They don’t actually clump the toxins together though. This seems like a much better alternative.
    Jorge | http://www.agwassenaar.com/environmental-services/environmental-remediation

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