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Biomimetic Filters Recover Clean Water From Sludge

Biomimetic Filters Recover Clean Water From Sludge | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"San Jose-based zNano is getting attention for what could be a breakthrough technology designed to recover clean water from sludge. [...] The company draws on a process called biomimetic filtration. This process is the subject a growing body of research. "Biomimetic filters, according to Susan Rempe, a principal researcher in the nanobiology department at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, mimic the structure of naturally filtering cellular water membranes," theBusiness Journalreport said. Rempe said the membranes are “exactly the same chemically as those that purify water in the human body, [and which are one of the most efficient purification systems]," the report said."

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable? | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
A billion people don't have enough drinking water. Desalinating oceans is economically and environmentally expensive. Biomimicry looks at how nature does it.
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Danes Launch Biomimetic Separation/Sensing Platform

A DKK 45 million (US$ 8 million) development platform has been launched in Denmark to explore and demonstrate the potential of industrial-scale biomimetic separation and sensor applications.
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Biomimetic Membranes Adapted for Graphene Substrate, May Open New Bionanotech Applications

Biomimetic Membranes Adapted for Graphene Substrate, May Open New Bionanotech Applications | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The future of advanced medicine may very well depend on our collective understanding of nano-scale biological systems. Certain embedded nanotechnology and  medicine delivery mechanisms could rely heavily on our knowledge of cell membranes. Unfortunately, it is challenging to conduct thorough research on the membranes of live cells due to the fact that not all variables of living systems can be controlled. For this reason, biomimetic membrane research is an important field of study for scientists to explore. Biomimetic (as in, mimicking biology) membranes are a synthetic recreation of biologically occurring membranes, with very similar properties."

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Singapore to Invest Huge Resources in Kidney-like Filter Research

Singapore to Invest Huge Resources in Kidney-like Filter Research | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"A research institute at Singapore' s Nanyang Technological University is expected to invest 132 million Singapore dollars (107 million U.S. dollars) in researches in clean water technologies in the coming three years, including the biomimetic filter research that aims to copy the kidney in water treatment."

 

Photo details: Sideview of Aquaporin 1 Channel, PDB ID, 1J4N generated by PyMOL. GNU free document license. 2009, Vossman.

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Biomimetic Membrane Update

When WDR talked to Peter Holme Jensen, the CEO of Danish-based Aquaporin A/S, earlier this year, the company had just completed the successful testing of Aquaporin Inside™ membranes at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Based on the results, as well as the work being done with other test partners, Holme Jensen said that the company is now moving forward with plans to invest in a membrane manufacturing facility to produce commercial quantities of membranes by the end of 2013.

“We are planning the move out of the laboratory and into full-scale use,” he said. “Our ABMs [Aquaporin-based Biomimetic Membrane] will consist of a polymeric support layer with aquaporins incorporated in a thin-film membrane coating. Although the production procedures for RO and FO [forward osmosis] membranes are the same, we expect the FO version to be available first.”

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