Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) have developed two special membranes that can separate oil and water.
According to reports, the membranes that super-water repellent in air, and super oil-repellent in water, have been shown to separate compext mixtures of oil and water at practically relevant settings.
The research was undertaken byassitant professor Uttam Manna of the department of chemistry in the premier institute.
The research team consisted Avijit das, Dibyangana Parbat and Arpita Shome.
The findings of the research was recently published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.
The IIT-Guwahati researchers developed a system of ‘super-liquid repellent’ materials by combining the lotus leaf superhydrophobicity and fish scale superhydrophobicity.
The durable and stretchable membranes that the team development were super-water repellent in air and super oil repellent in water.