Nanometer thin membranes filtering boron and phosphorus from water

Microporous organic nanotube assisted design of high performance nanofiltration membranes

Based on the design of natural, porous organic nanotubes, Shuangqiao Han et al. fabricate 15 nm thin membranes that can be used for water purification, specifically to filter out boron and phosporus. 

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