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Purifying Water at Scale with 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels

Purifying Water at Scale with 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels

Written by David

May 6, 2021


Researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB) have developed a novel 3D-printed scalable water-purifying graphene aerogel with the potential to be used in large industrial wastewater treatment plants. Approximately 2 billion people around the world live in high water stress countries.


By 2040, one in four children under 18 years old in the world is estimated to be living in areas of high water scarcity. Considerable research is being devoted to improving the shortage of clean drinking water globally, to which the 3D printed water-purifying graphene aerogel by UB is an attractive advancement.


When put into the water treatment systems, the graphene aerogel holds its structure and removes contaminants from water without releasing any problematic chemical residue. The unique aerogel, which is composed of latticed graphene, an aerogel and two bio-inspired polymers, showed 100% efficiency in removing metals, organic solvents and dyes from drinking water. The material is also reusable, and able to be 3D printed larger. Graphene as a Purifier Due to its versatile properties of being the lightest, strongest, thinnest, and the best heat-and-electricity conducting material, graphene is revolutionizing whole industries as researchers work on many different graphene-based materials, each one with […]

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