Ion pollution in water causes a wide range of environmental and health problems across the world, including throughout Europe. The extent of the problem is growing, and there is, therefore, an urgent need to develop practical strategies to mitigate this pollution.
This project will the latest advances in nanotechnology, to develop a new system to detect and ultimate collect aqueous ion pollution. Reliable detection is a cornerstone of effective environmental protection regimes, which offer public spending savings by reducing consequential losses. However, the project has a wider vision to convert waste aqueous ions into a high value commodity. Collecting valuable metals in usable form, will facilitate the emergence of circular economies, and provide resources to promote the implementation of this clean-up technology.