UCLA researchers have developed a new technique for creating membrane filters. This has important uses for deriving drinkable water from seawater, treating wastewater and conducting kidney dialysis.
A study describing this new method, called thin-film liftoff or T-FLO, was published in Nano Letters. This new technique allows manufacturers to produce more effective and energy-efficient membranes. Before this new technique was identified, manufacturers were limited in what materials could be used to create the membrane.