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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a coating process to make sponge-like silica latch onto toxic metals in water. Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports easily captures such metals as lead and mercury which are then recovered for reuse or contained in-place forever.

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Document Title: Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports
Category: Environmental Remediation
Media Type: Graphics
Date of Image/Photo: 1998
Background: SAMMS, Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports, can strip pollutants from toxic wastes and even render hazardous wastewater clean enough to drink. Researchers believe the silica material may prove cheap and adaptable enough to use in agriculture, manufacturing, and perhaps medicine.
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