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An article in The Hindu on Prof. Suryasarathi Bose’s research

R. Prasad in The Hindu: IISc researchers produce a superior water filter:

A membrane capable of producing safe drinking water by filtering out objects at the nanoscale level and killing the commonly found pathogenic bacteria E. coli has been developed by a team led by Dr. Suryasarathi Bose, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, IISc, Bengaluru.

The membrane is produced by mixing two polymers — poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) — that become miscible at about 220 degree C. While PVDF crystallises during cooling, PMMA does not and separates out; the PMMA is removed using a solvent. This property of selective crystallisation and separation is taken advantage of to produce a nano-porous membrane.