Supermolecule hunts and removes drug contaminating water

Supermolecule hunts and removes drug contaminating water

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Researchers have found an effective, environmentally friendly molecule, calix, which monitors and remove pharmaceuticals from water. Professor Danil de Namor, University of Surrey Emeritus Professor and leader of the research, said: “Preliminary extraction data are encouraging as far as the use of this receptor for the selective removal of these drugs from water and the possibility of constructing a calix-based sensing devices.”

Using the molecule, researchers can design receptors which bind selectively with pollutants in the water so the pollutants can be effectively removed. This research will allow us to know exactly what is in the water, and from here it will be tested in industrial water supplies, so there will be cleaner water for everyone. The work was published in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The research also creates the possibility of using these materials for on-site monitoring of water, without having to transport samples to the laboratory.