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IIT-Kanpur has invented a new nano-adsorbent for wastewater treatment. This nano-adsorbent would help in the selective elimination of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and metals from polluted water with a rapid synthesis method.

The research was conducted by Dr. Archana Raichur and Dr. Niraj Sinha from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The uniform cubic nano-adsorbent is environmentally friendly, reusable, bactericidal and multi-layered and will help in the selective removal of harmful bacteria from water.

This is an important development regarding current methodologies used to synthesize nano-adsorbents that have been researched in recent years for wastewater treatment to combat water pollution and water issues. related health.

Professor Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT-K, said: “The world is reeling from several environmental hazards and water pollution is one of them. It has direct implications on the health of humans and At IIT-Kanpur, our research in the field of nanotechnology is vast and diverse and this invention is a testament to that.This crucial invention in the form of these novel nano-adsorbents would not only reduce water pollution, but would also be extremely beneficial to humanity.

Raichur said that currently, water contamination due to residues of drugs and pharmaceuticals is on the rise.

Nanoparticles are widely used to curb water pollution by new emerging pollutants. Nanoparticles act as adsorbents to remove pollutants from water.

Along with increasing water pollution, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major public health issue that threatens the effective treatment of bacterial infections.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are contagious in community and hospital settings.

Nano-adsorbents developed at IIT-Kanpur have unique physico-chemical properties that can deactivate and separate antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARA) from water.

Sinha said the innovation has application in wastewater treatment that improves water filtration and selectively removes pathogens and bacteria from drinking water. It can be used as a tool against microorganisms without any side effects and is compatible with the human body.

These nano-adsorbents have the potential to be used in the near future as a component of membrane filters and tested for clinical evaluation and bio-remediation application that is ready for commercialization, Sinha said.

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Irene B. Bowles