Fast, safe solvent for metal decontamination discovered
The solvents currently used to remove specific metals from water all have disadvantages: safety risks are high, the process is slow, they are expensive or not very environmentally friendly. Researchers at TU/e have now produced a new type of solvent that is especially quick, safe, easy to make, cheap and much more environmentally friendly than many of the alternatives. The researchers believe that the potential is enormous – for industry, water purification and for the recovery of rare metals. The result has been published in the science journal Chemical Communications.