NRI develops synthetic membrane for better water purification
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NRI develops synthetic membrane for better water purification

Manish Kumar an assistant professor of chemical engineering in Penn State has developed a self-assembling synthetic membrane that can help in better water purification, drug delivery and DNA recognition, by transporting a billion water molecules per channel per second.

The membrane is composed of lipids and protein appended molecules that form water channels that transfer water at the rate of natural membranes and self assemble into 2-dimensional structures with parallel channels.

Kumar said the most obvious use of these speedy channels is to make highly efficient water purification membranes. He and his co-authors have reported their achievement in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.