Scientists have found a low-cost way to destroy harmful ‘eternal chemicals’
According to recent research, chemists have discovered a low-cost way to destroy “eternal chemicals.” Scientists have linked her PFAS exposure at certain levels to major health hazards, including cancer and birth defects.
It is highly practical as it is resistant to water, oil and dirt. PFAS are found in thousands of common items such as cosmetics and cooking pans. However, due to these properties, it is very difficult to destroy.
Poly and perfluoroalkyl substances are called PFAS. These approximately 4,500 fluorochemicals are found in nearly every building on earth and are used in a wide variety of items such as paints, adhesives, nonstick cookware, rain gear, paper and food packaging.
Although it is found in low concentrations in rainwater worldwide, it can pose a significant threat when it seeps into water and soil at high concentrations. His existing PFAS destruction techniques, such as cremation, were not very effective because they required expensive high temperatures.
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A recent study by scientists at Northwestern University in the United States found that low-cost cryogenic products could be used to remove PFAS, but this was “seemingly impossible,” they argued. increase. According to Professor Sunderland, a non-member of the research team, this could be very useful in helping people affected by high levels of contamination.
PFAS have historically been difficult to eliminate because they have many of the strongest bonds (carbon and fluorine) in organic chemistry. With further research, the scientific team hopes that this new technology can be used to remove his PFAS from drinking water and destroy toxins.
But treating areas with high PFAS concentrations is only one aspect of the answer. PFAS are not readily biodegradable in nature and may continue to accumulate at low levels in fish and other species as long as they are produced.
(with input from institutions)