2020 | Italy | Fiorenza Baratti, Giorgia LA IUPPA

Supramolecular Chemistry a solution for the environment

Water issue adressed: Too dirty
Explanation of our project

Water is the most precious asset for every nation. Our project, based on environmental sustainability and in particular the reduction of water waste, uses beta-cyclodextrins (completely natural and starch-derived) absorbed in Liquidambar berries (abundant material in nature) for the removal of heavy metals and polluting molecules from the water.
The plan was born from the observation, on our territory, of berries, which have a particular structure, because of the high contact surface (both external and internal).
Our idea, in addition to using abundant waste material as berries are not used in other sectors, it is also very practical, because we could use beta-cyclodextrins absorbed in berries, for water purification in the drainage channels of the rice paddies present in our territory.

This is how I came up with the idea for this project:

Our project aims at environmental sustainability by reducing waste and promoting the reuse of water. The plan was born from the daily observation, on our territory, of berries, which have a particular structure, because of the high contact surface (both external and internal). If water's clean, the aquifers also benefit.

CONTACT WATERTANK

Ania Andersch

Programme manager ania.andersch@siwi.org +46 8 121 360 59