Our team of researchers design new formulae for membranes and absorbents - fabrication and improving water purification systems, using this approach.
To provide nanotechnology solutions for effective treatment of water to improve the quality of life of the people of South Africa.
To achieve the stated objectives of the National Nanotechnology Strategy for the Social Cluster in relation to water sector by innovative use of nanotechnology enabled technology solutions.
To address the objectives of the National Nanotechnology Strategy of South Africa in respect of improving the quality of life by pursuing research and development in water treatment utilising nanotechnology and membrane technology. Through creating nanostructured polymeric materials as:
(i) Catalysts for organic molecule degradation and mineralisation,
(ii) High surface area adsorbents for the removal of organics and heavy metals,
(Iii) Membrane structures for high flux, low energy and slow fouling filtration systems;
ultimately ensuring that there is a universal access to cheap, pure drinking water for all.
as treatment options for polluted water and wastewater.
for the capture of organics and heavy metals.
comprising flat sheet and capillary ultrafiltration membranes.
fabrication through electrospinning, has applications as water filters.
Various equipment and infrastructure available for production and testing.
Meet the NIC Team headed by Dr. Keneiloe Sikhwivhilu.