Fabrication of a 3 dimensional graphene/metal oxide composites membrane for water filtration – Year two

There is a demand in the market for an economical and efficient handheld seawater desalinator. The goal of this project is to develop graphene based membrane technology which will first provide a handheld personal desalinator and then be scalable to a higher flow rate single family point of use. In this direction graphene/metal oxide/polymer composites membrane will be synthesized by using a low cost chemical method with the possibility of scale up. Combining graphene oxide with metal oxide nano particles enhances the water desalinator capabilities thanks to the antimicrobial properties of metal oxide nano particles. The polymer works as a cross linker between the graphene oxide flakes to improve their physical stability during the filtration test. The company will benefit from the results on membrane synthesis, with a perspective of a larger scale production. Eventually, the body of the device will be designed at the partner company.

Faculty Supervisor:

Shuhui Sun


Amir Hassanpour


New Plateau Technologies


Journalism / Media studies and communication


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