Clean the world
It may look like a simple piece of aluminium foil, but when added to wastewater this high-tech strip of iron can remove impurities like dyes and heavy metals in just minutes.
Researchers at Edith Cowan University have found a way to modify the internal structure of iron-based alloy to develop a new type of crystalline alloy capable of stripping contaminants like heavy metals, dyes and other organic pollutants from wastewater.
Lead Researcher, Professor Laichang Zhang from ECU's School of Engineering, said the technology could have significant applications in the textile and mining industries.
"Mining and textile production creates huge amounts of wastewater that is contaminated with heavy metals and dyes," he said.