Gallery: New Material Cleans Polluted Water by Acting Like a Toxin Magn...


Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a material that they call SLUG-26 which acts like a pollutant magnet when tossed into contaminated waterways. SLUG — perhaps a play on the California school’s Banana Slug mascot — is a new material that is cheaper and more effective than current methods of removing negatively-charged pollutants from waterways. The material is a positively-charged substrate which, that when placed in polluted water, exchanges non-toxic negative ions for negatively charged pollutants thereby cleaning the water.

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