Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates.
The research into graphene has revealed that graphene membranes could be used to improve many practical applications such as water filtration, gas separation and the purification of industrial and pharmaceutical products.
Previous research has shown that the thin membranes made from graphene oxide, are impermeable to all gases and vapours, except for water. This has opened up many new possibilities to advance distillation and water filtration.
Graphene, in conjunction with other things, can help us to make much better membranes for many processes, from water treatments through to gas separations such as carbon dioxide removal.
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