Development of Two New Efficient Means of Wastewater Treatment

(1) Agoura High School, Agoura Hills, California, (2) School of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
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Wastewater accumulation is a daunting issue. This global concern stimulates scientists to search for more effective ways of treating wastewater and preserving natural resources. In this study, we have augmented current treatment efficiencies and general effectiveness by creating two new methods. Using hollow fiber membrane (HFM) based liquid-liquid extraction technology in water treatment, we have demonstrated that this technique is more efficient than the current available methods at extracting organic components into the organic phase inside the HFM. Meanwhile, we have used polymeric resins to absorb both neutral and charged organic components in wastewater. Both newly developed methods have the potential to be industrialized for combating the human-caused wastewater contamination issue with increased vigor and efficiency.

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