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Issue 42, 2017
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Efficient purification of arsenic-contaminated water using amyloid–carbon hybrid membranes

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Abstract

We show the purification of arsenic-contaminated water using amyloid fibril-based membranes, which adsorb both the arsenate (+5) and arsenite (+3) oxidation forms at efficiencies of ∼99%. Binding isotherms indicate that amyloid fibrils possess multiple binding residues capable of strongly adsorbing arsenic ions via metal–ligand interactions, delaying the saturation of the membrane. We also show that these membranes can be reused for several cycles without any efficiency drop, and validate our technology in purifying real contaminated ground water by removing arsenic with an efficiency as high as 99.6%. These results make this technology promising for inexpensive, efficient and low-energy removal of arsenic from contaminated water.

Graphical abstract: Efficient purification of arsenic-contaminated water using amyloid–carbon hybrid membranes

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Submitted
16 Jan 2017
Accepted
02 May 2017
First published
02 May 2017

Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 5714-5717
Article type
Communication

Efficient purification of arsenic-contaminated water using amyloid–carbon hybrid membranes

S. Bolisetty, N. Reinhold, C. Zeder, M. N. Orozco and R. Mezzenga, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 5714
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC00406K

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