Article courtesy of Staff of Staff of Stanford Magazine | October 28th, 2016 | Stanford Magazine | Shared as educational material.
A materials science and engineering lab at Stanford University recently issued a paper showing how a certain common industrial lubricant can produce chemicals that kill bacteria in the water. Led by Professor Yi Cui, the scientists found that molybdenum disulfide can harness energy in visible light to treat contaminated water. They suspect the method will treat viruses as well. “We’d always been wanting to come up with an idea for water disinfection,” says Cui. More testing still needs to be done to see if this is a viable solution. As Cui says, “That’s the magic of doing material science.” Read more here.