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Academic Report: Amyloid Hybrid Membranes: Removal of Heavy Metal Contaminants from Water and Recover Gold



Lecture: Amyloid Hybrid Membranes: Removal of Heavy Metal Contaminants from Water and Recover Gold

Speaker: Dr. Sreenath Bolisetty

Venue: Lecture Room on the 18th floor, Century Building, East Campus  

Date:  Monday, September 17, 2018  

Time: 10:00  

Lecture Content:

Novel technology in which hybrid membranes made from β-lactoglobul in protein fibrils and porous carbon for the treatment of water contaminated with heavy metals, metal cyanides or radioactive substances. During filtration, the concentration of heavy metal ions drops by three to five orders of magnitude per passage and the process can be repeated numerous times. The protein fibrils in the composite membrane play the main role of sequestering heavy metal pollutants from the liquid. Importantly, these protein fibrils also allow the reduction of membrane-immobilized metal ions into valuable metal nano particles or thin films at elevated temperatures or via chemical routes, turning a global risk challenge into a unique opportunity.

Speaker Introduction:

Dr. Sreenath Bolisetty is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He is the CEO of BLUACT Technologies in Switzerland. His research interests are new protein-like fiber materials’ preparation and functional applications based on food protein (lactoglobulin, bovine serum albumin). In recent years, more than 50 high quality research papers have been published in the world's leading journals such as Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communication, ACS Nano, Advanced Materials, etc., and 4 international patents have been authorized. The latest research technology of amyloid fiber membranes has been awarded the most Potential Patent Technology Award in the Federal Republic of Zurich. In 2016, under the investment of Bolisetty, BluActTechnologies GmbH, a derivative of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, was established. Bolisetty is also the CEO and CTO, applying the research techniques to the deep removal of heavy metals, arsenic, and radionuclides in water.

School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering

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[Translated by Liu Shuai]

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