Bioinspired, energy efficient filtration mechanism to improve water treatment, bio-fluid and crude oil processing

A new liquid gated membranes (LGMs) filtration mechanism controls the passage of fluids, gases and particles through membrane pores using a gating liquid to tune and modulate the pores' opening and closing. This process mimicks natural systems such as plant stomata, which are liquid gated openings that cover leaves and stems, allowing the exchange of air, water and microbes between the plant and its environment. LGMs have the potential to improve performance of filtration systems for many practical applications such as water treatment, bio-fluid processing, crude oil processing and other industrial multiphase separation applications.

Provided by Wyss Institute/Harvard University

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