Arsenic and Algae: Finding Sustainable Water Purification Systems

October 16, 2017

chase and arsenicA University of New Mexico undergraduate engineering student thinks algae could solve the problem of arsenic contamination in water.

Chase Stearnes says he got the idea after hearing about researchers who were able to use algae to collect and harvest gold from water samples.

“I heard about that research and thought ‘ok, what else can we do with that?’ and I’m interested in rural communities and developing water resources,” Stearnes said. “So, I combined those two into the idea of creating an algal biofilm treatment system that could possibly help communities in places like India and Bangladesh.”

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