New material excels at removing copper from water

A newly created material designed to adsorb copper quickly and efficiently offers a potential approach for improving the removal of that element from wastewater, including toxic acid mine drainage. Comprising commonly available chemicals, the material could lead to more cost-effective approaches for removing copper and possibly other metals from contaminated water sources.

Known as zinc imidazole salicylaldoxime supramolecule, or ZIOS for short, the material was developed and tested by scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; the University of California, Berkeley; and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center in Taiwan. The researchers presented their findings in “A Nature-Inspired Hydrogen-Bonded Supramolecular

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