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Aerogels of nanocellulose purify water by the use of sunlight
Inexpensive materials such as cellulose and the leading polymer PEDOT: PSS become a highly efficient steam generator for purification and desalination of water. The steam generator has been developed at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, LiU and researchers at KTH.
Photographer: Thor Balkhed, LiU
Photographer: Thor Balkhed, LiU

The study was recently published in Advanced Sustainable Systems.

– The rate of evaporation is four to five times higher than for direct evaporation, which means we can purify larger volumes of water, says Simone Fabiano, research leader in the field of organic nanoelectronics, the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping university.

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Cellulose-conducting polymer aerogels for efficient solar steam generation, Shaobo Han, Tero-Petri Ruoko, Johannes Gladisch, Johan Erlandsson, Lars Wågberg, Xavier Crispin and Simone Fabiano. Advanced Sustainable Systems 2020, DOI 10.1002/adsu.202000004

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