Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Access to clean and affordable water has been highlighted as one of the century’s main challenge. To address this, new adsorption purification systems with enhanced recovery properties have been investigated. Our research focused on the development of a new, cheap, fast and environmentally friendly approach to produce magnetic silica beads based on a salt-driven assembly of nanoparticles in a water droplet. The tunability of this method is promising for the development of a new generation of water treatment systems, enabling the incorporation of additional materials such as TiO2 to obtain systems with photocatalytic, adsorption and enhanced recovery properties.
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