How clean water technologies could get a boost from X-ray synchrotrons

ScienceDaily | Jul 29, 2020 at 12:22 AM
  • Toney together with coauthors SSRL scientist Sharon Bone and Paderborn’s Professor Hans-Georg Steinrück have just published a new perspective on advancing clean water technology in the journal Joule.
  • Yet researchers do not understand in much detail the physical and chemical processes responsible for that filtering or how some of the pitfalls of reverse osmosis — such as fouling, the accumulation of organic and inorganic matter on the membrane — interfere with the process.
  • If researchers did understand better how reverse osmosis worked and how it can get fouled up, they could find clues to improve the process and to develop new materials for clean water technologies.