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CLEAN WATER

Drink safely with biomimetic nanotechnology

An artificial nanostructure inspired by the sea anemone can be used for efficient removal of a wide range of water contaminants.

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Fig. 1: First seven entries from the US EPA list of 88 contaminants subject to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations.
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