Innovative Water Disinfection Method Using Cork-Based Nanocomposite
A groundbreaking research project, SYMSITES, in collaboration with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), has developed a nano-enabling bioamaterial-based technology to purify water. Their scientific paper entitled “Sono-Enzymatically Embedded Antibacterial Silver-Lignin Nanoparticles on Cork Filter Material for Water Disinfection” has been published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
Access to clean drinking water is a significant challenge, especially in low-income countries. To address this, the SYMSITES team explored new methods using tiny particles that can kill harmful bacteria in water. They successfully created a special material by attaching antimicrobial silver nanoparticles to pieces of leftover cork using ultrasound and enzymes.
This material proved highly effective in reducing the number of harmful bacteria in water. It was also tested in a portable device for water filtering at home, and it successfully removed bacteria and other microorganisms even after several cycles of use.
The research showcases the potential of this cork-based antimicrobial material in creating affordable and efficient water filtration systems. By utilizing this technology, people can have access to safer drinking water, combating waterborne diseases and improving overall health.
The SYMSITES project contributes to the development of sustainable and practical solutions for water treatment, bringing hope for a future where clean drinking water is accessible to all.