The National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has signed with LifeSaver to develop graphene technology for enhanced water filtration.
The institute has signed an 18-month contract for the research project, which aims to create a proprietary and patented product capable of eliminating more hazardous contaminants than its current ultra-filtration process.
Leader of the project, professor Rahul Nair, said: This is a great example of a collaborative project where we are trying to combine two independently developed technologies into one, to enhance the quality and availability of drinking water for those who need it most.”
By introducing graphene into its purification technology, LifeSaver aims to reduce the sieve size of its hollow fiber filtration membrane from 15nm to about 1-3nm.
At such a size, LifeSaver products could remove a wider range of contaminants, such as heavy metals, pesticides and potentially nuclear radiation form drinking water supplies.
LifeSaver, which was founded in the UK in 2007, developed the world’s first portable water filter capable of removing the smallest known waterborne viruses.
The company now supplies its portable water filtration devices to humanitarian, defence and retail sectors.