‘Plastic is known to pollute our oceans and water, but in in this case it is used to clean water. I think that’s great!’ says Wiebe de Vos. Together with his colleagues Saskia Lindhoud and Ameya Krishna, the UT membrane scientist developed a sustainable and easy way to produce a membrane based on a novel plastic. It’s use is versatile, and making drinking water is just one of the many possible options.
Together with partners, UT membrane scientists headed by Erik Roesink and Wiebe de Vos, have developed a unique membrane to purify drinking water. The membrane not only removes water-borne bacteria, but also inactivates viruses. The simple design combined with state of the art technology is cost-effective and easy to operate.
‘Using membranes for the treatment of water is nothing new. Traditional technology to remove pollutants from water is based on techniques that are more than hundred years old, so surely there must be a better way to do it,’ says Walter van der Meer, newly appointed part-time professor at the UT, who will present his inaugural lecture tomorrow.