The problem of river water pollution is becoming increasingly alarming due to the increase in use of resources such as heavy metals and oil.
The aim of this project is to determine the most effective microorganisms capable of purifying water, and to develop a model to disseminate the selected microorganisms into rivers. Yeasts and bacteria, isolated from streamwater, were classified and their survivability in a contaminated water environment was confirmed.
Having analysed the effectiveness of such river microorganisms in oil and heavy metal removal, Phytobacter diazotrophicus was identified as the most effective bacteria.
Finally, I designed a water purification system to allow bioremediating microorganisms to be constantly disseminated from vessels into rivers, which would prevent pollutant accumulation in rivers.
The amalgamation of both hydro-electricity and microplastic filtration is an area that is currently unexplored. Our project provides a new alternative ultimately making sustainable energy even more environmentally friendly. Both concepts combined, meet several of the UN’s sustainable development goals. We have optimised our target market to appeal to both LIC’s (Lower income countries), where clean energy will elevate living conditions, and to the HIC’s (Higher income countries), who are the largest production point of microplastics. With minimal prevention of contamination of bodies of water for both locations from household wastewater, our product will tackle this due to its promise of clean energy in a world currently prioritising sustainable energy and the prevention of plastic pollution.
I used quantum chemistry software and finally found graphitic carbon nitride: g-C3N4 (form B). After cooperation with scientists from Greece who helped me synthetize g-C3N4 (form B) I continued my experimental work in the lab.
The efficiency of g-C3N4 (form B) was investigated by using UV/Vis spectrometry. The results showed that graphitic nitride has amazing properties and can clean polluted rivers in the world.
This can be obtained by using a very simple method: We can just sprinkle g-C3N4 (form B) into rivers and wait for the results which means clean water.