What do water desalinization facilities, flow batteries, pharmaceutical membrane filtration devices, and 3D printing have in common? Initially my answer was "not much" but it turns out that the commonality between all these highly impactful technologies is a "specialty membrane". A group of Material Scientist gurus in the Hickner lab at Penn State are 3D printing anionic membranes that could see application in a variety of technologies, including helping to make clean water.
It is hard enough to custom formulate a resin that has moderately robust structural properties, believe me I have been working on this for many years, but the scientists in the Hickner lab have been able to 3D print a structurally robust and highly functionalized membrane, now that is something to write home about! If you are interested to read more, which you should be, click on the link below or if you can't get the paper, just ask us and we can send it to you.
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