By some estimates, 18 million people die each year from sepsis triggered by endotoxins – fragments of the outer membranes of bacteria. A biochemical engineer at Missouri S&T has patented a method of removing these harmful elements from water and also from pharmaceutical formulations. Her goal: improve drug safety and increase access to clean drinking water in the developing world.
The technique, as outlined in a July 2016 article in the journal Nanotechnology, involves a one-step phase separation method, using a syringe pump, to synthesize the nanoparticles. Those polymer nanoparticles have a high endotoxin removal efficiency of nearly 1 million endotoxin units per milliliter of water, using only a few micrograms of the material.
Dr. Craig Adams, the John A. and Susan Mathes Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, will share how UMR students are bringing sustainable, safe drinking water and sanitation to communities in Central America during the final lecture of the Academy of Science’s seminar series in St. Louis.Read More »
Dr. Craig Adams, the John and Susan Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, will begin his term as chair of the Adsorption Specialist Group of the International Water Association (IWA) this month.Read More »