A ‘guillotine’ that finally can rid the environment of 'forever chemicals'
Environment Forever Chemicals PFAS

A ‘guillotine’ that finally can rid the environment of 'forever chemicals'

Dr. Lindy Whitehouse
Dr. Lindy Whitehouse

In 10 seconds? Researchers have come up with an easy and inexpensive way to break down harmful ‘forever chemicals’ in our water, providing a possible solution to removing hazardous human-made materials from the environment.

That is welcome news, tell me more about it! Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are hazardous human-made pollutants that can remain in our environment for thousands of years. Known as ‘forever chemicals’ due to their strong carbon-fluorine bonds, PFAS are difficult to break down and are resistant to water, oil, and heat. These harmful pollutants can bioaccumulate, making our rainwater harmful to human health. Previous attempts to break down these chemicals have been expensive or resulted in harmful byproducts, meaning that further removal steps are needed to make water resources safe. This new development uses water heated to 176 to 248 degrees Fahrenheit and common, inexpensive solvents to eat away at the chemicals until they are gone.

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