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Researchers develop better membranes for water treatment, drug delivery
Date:11/29/2007

biomimetic membranes also are ideal for water treatment by desalination, which is becoming increasingly important for water purification in semiarid coastal regions.

When tested, the productivity of the Aquaporin Z-incorporated polymer membranes was more than 10 times greater than other salt-rejecting polymeric membranes.

Currently, the experimental polymer membranes exist only as small vesicles. Our next step is to convert the vesicles into larger, more practical membranes, Kumar said. We also want to optimize the membranes for maximum permeability.


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Contact: James E. Kloeppel
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217-244-1073
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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