Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Researchers in Singapore have developed a new nanomaterial that functions like the best Swiss army knife in the world. The material, known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), can produce energy, it can generate hydrogen, and it can even produce clean water. But that’s not all: The remarkable material can also be formed into flexible solar cells and it can double the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries. And with bacteria-killing properties, it can also be used in new antibacterial bandages.

The new material, which is being developed by scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, is made by turning titanium dioxide crystals into nanofibers, which can then be formed into flexible filter membranes. The special material at the center of it all is titanium dioxide, which is cheap and abundant and has the ability to accelerate chemical reactions and can bond easily with water.

Because it can bond with water, the material can potentially serve as a high-flux forward osmosis membrane and desalinate water. But that’s just one of its many remarkable features. In addition to producing clean water, the material can also produce hydrogen when exposed to sunlight, according to the researchers. And it can also be formed into an inexpensive, flexible solar cell that can be used to generate electricity.

“While there is no single silver bullet to solving two of the world’s biggest challenges: cheap renewable energy and an abundant supply of clean water; our single multi-use membrane comes close, with its titanium dioxide nanoparticles being a key catalyst in discovering such solutions,” said lead researcher Darren Sun. “With our unique nanomaterial, we hope to be able to help convert today’s waste into tomorrow’s resources, such as clean water and energy.”

Comments

Isn't titanium dioxide a rare or at least expensive material though.

Titanium is 9th most abundant element on Earth by 0,63% share in the crust by mass

Oi! Doesn't mean there's enough to around!

I can't find anymore info on this.

tio2 can be even eaten, it is most common additive to get things white - toothpaste, paints, used for tenths of years in various areas;
even it is more than 10 years used as integrated ceramic coating eg. german agrob-buchtal tiles working as antibacterial, easy clean lifelasting burned in coat;
and it basically cost nothing

What would something like TiO2 be useful for in toothpaste?

This is a great move forward for the human race. Very ingenious

And, when people realize that it's the money that stops all inventions to reach ALL humans on this planet, then will ALL inventions like this and other be shared for the better of all human kind!
It's not the millions of problem we need to solve, we need to stop and ask our self WHY there are so many problems today. The solutions are here long ago.