Buckyballs Could Help Keep the Water Flowing

Groupings of buckyball coat the filter membrane on the right but not on the left (topmost group is about one micrometer wide). Credit: Duke University

Groupings of buckyballs coat the filter membrane on the right but not on the left (topmost group is about one micrometer wide). Credit: Duke University

Duke University scientists have found a new way to keep pipes & water filters flowing:  buckyballs.  Scientists suggest that water-treatment plants could use buckyballs, which are micro-particles of carbon, to coat filters and pipes.  Bacteria and other microorganisms build up in the pipes and filters of water-treatment plants, in a process known as biofouling.  Buckyballs prevent these materials from adhering to pipes and filters, potentially saving significant time and expense.  For more information, see here.

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