Stretchy Salt Discovery May Improve Desalination Processes


Photos via Sandia National Laboratories

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Pittsburgh have found that salt can be stretchy, and not as brittle as previously thought, in the absence of water. This can affect not only our current desalination processes, but also how we look at cloud formation and ozone destruction.According to Sandia National Laboratories, the discovery that salt will stretch is entirely surprising. Because desalination technologies include using membranes with particularly sized nanometer-diameter holes that filter out, among many things, salt, knowing this property about salt can help scientists develop better membranes.

Additionally, pollution and atmospheric issues may be better understood now that scientists have seen salt stretch by as much as 280%. Researchers note that the discovery may help them understand sea salt aerosols better, which leads to knowing more about various phenomena, from cloud and smog formation to ozone depletion.

It's not firm on how much of an impact this discovery will have on our understanding of connected issues like these, but with desalination plants being eyeballed more seriously, any new knowledge that can impact or improve the process is sure to get some attention.

Via WaterTech Online
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