The chance discovery of a novel, safe and cost-effective way to generate within a liquid tiny bubbles of gas invisible to the naked eye (nanobubbles) by two alert and inquisitive researchers in the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering has the potential to transform a panoply of industrial sectors worldwide. This discovery, made four years ago, has progressed to an advanced stage, with a spin-out company established to support the commercialisation of the patented new technology.
The easily controlled method to promote bulk-nanobubble formation has significant potential in strategically important industries worldwide, including the wastewater treatment, food/beverage production, and chemical and (bio) pharmaceutical sectors. Other potential applications include irrigation, hydroponics, oil recovery, (bio-) gas separation and, perhaps most important of all, emissions control from carbon sources such as power plants and cement and steel production.
“𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥. 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘱 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘢 – 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴.”
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