New sustainable method filters salt and lithium from seawater

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A research team from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, CSIRO (the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and the University of Texas at Austin discovered that the membranes of a metal-organic framework (MOF), which is a next-generation material, can mimic the filtering functions or ion selectivity of organic cell membranes. This process could then theoretically be used to efficiently extract lithium and minerals from water in a clean way. MOF's boost the largest internal surface of any known substance, which are sponge-like crystals that can be used to capture, store and release chemical compounds. Unfolded, a single gram of the…

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