While there is no denying the fact that the condition of the environment is worsening with every passing day, few individuals are working hard to develop means that they hope will be able to tackle the environmental challenges. Working on the same lines a research team from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University has come up with a new nanomaterial that is just as multi-purpose as a Swiss army knife.
The material, better known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide, can do everything from producing energy to cleaning water. Moreover, the material can be turned into low-cost solar cells and also enhance the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries. Adding more possible uses to it, the researchers say that since the material has bacteria-killing properties, it can be used in the development of antibacterial bandages.
The material is made by turning titanium dioxide crystals into nanofibers, which can then be turned into flexible filter membranes. Inhabitat notes that since the material can bond with water, it can also serve as a forward osmosis membrane and desalinate water too. The affordable membrane, which when exposed to sunlight produces hydrogen, aims to solve two of the biggest challenges that the world is currently facing – clean water and renewable energy.