Researchers have developed nanocells that can trap carbonates and other pollutants in water.
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere seriously affects the environment, most of it ends up in the oceans and acidifies them. Now scientists have created special nanocells that can easily trap carbon dioxide and other pollutants from water.
New nanocells are molecules composed of copper ion, pyrazolones, and hydroxide. When they encounter an ion with a charge of -2, which contains several major pollutants, the molecules envelop the target and neutralize it.
After that, the nanocells can be easily removed from the water, because the solvent floats in a layer on the surface. It is also possible to remove cells from large bodies of water, for example from a pond: a weak acid is enough to release ions, which are then disposed of or recycled.
Also, nanocells can be configured so that they preferentially capture, for example, sulfates or carbonates.
The authors note that their invention is still only at an early stage of development: it continues to be tested.